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Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

Upholding a Family Legacy of Empowered Female Entrepreneurs

By Fatima Datt, Communications Specialist Growing up as the youngest of five children, Salamba Diene saw early on the costs and sacrifices of running a family business; a business she felt she would take over one day. Salamba’s family was entrepreneurial, especially her mother, Adama Diop. She tried her hand in businesses ranging from waste […]

octobre 25, 2022
Blog | Gender & Social Inclusion

Fonio: An Ancient Grain at the Center of Women’s Economic Inclusion  

By Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist In many rural areas in northern Ghana, two key issues intersect.   Nearly 35 percent 1 of land in Ghana is under threat of desertification, with much of this land located in the northern part of the country. In these areas, households depend heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods. Thus, land […]

octobre 18, 2022
Blog | Climate Change

Prioritizing the Planet, People, and Profit

Ethical Apparel Africa’s success in eco-conscious, values-driven manufacturing and exporting By Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist The apparel industry is the second largest polluter in the world behind the oil industry. This startling statistic is due mainly to the meteoric rise of “fast fashion”—mass produced clothing that samples trendy designer pieces and makes them directly available […]

octobre 12, 2022
Blog | Climate Change

Reaching Senegalese Remote Communities with Climate-Friendly Agricultural Technologies 

By Aor Ikyaabo, Communication Specialist Across the globe, agricultural production is struggling to keep up with increasing food demand. Crop yields continue to dwindle as a result of agriculture’s extreme vulnerability to climate change. These effects are felt on farmlands as extreme weather conditions hamper yield. In Senegal, La Banque Agricole (LBA), an agricultural-lending bank, […]

octobre 10, 2022
Blog | Climate Change

Collecting Plastic, Combatting Climate Change

– Coliba AFRICA’s aim to revolutionize recycling in Côte d’Ivoire and beyond  By Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Plastic pollution is a growing problem worldwide. In the nation of Côte d’Ivoire, which recycles roughly 3 percent of its used plastic, the impact of this problem is apparent. With a population of over five million, Abidjan alone […]

octobre 10, 2022
Actualités

U.S. Government Funds Two Ecolodges in Liberia in Bid to Protect Biodiversity

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) awarded co-investment grants to protect forests and wildlife in Liberia through the establishment of two ecolodges—the Nimba Ecolodge & Reserve in the East Nimba Nature Reserve and Libassa Ecolodge in Warkolor Forest. Both areas are vulnerable to illegal logging, farming, mining, and hunting because of […]

septembre 27, 2022
Climate Change | Success Story

L’impact d’une femme entrepreneure sur l’Eau, l’Assainissement et l’Hygiène

Lena Tall Faye contribue par l’assainissement à assurer la sécurité et la santé des communautés au Sénégal tout en développant son entreprise Delta S.A dans le cadre d’un partenariat avec le West Africa Trade & Investment Hub de l’USAID. Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Étant l’aînée d’une famille de huit enfants, Lena Tall Faye ressent très […]

septembre 14, 2022
Climate Change | Success Story

Leading Female Entrepreneur Making an Impact in Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene

Lena Tall Faye is helping to ensure safe & healthy communities in Senegal while growing her business through a partnership with USAID’s West Africa Trade & Investment Hub. By Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Being the eldest in a family of eight children, Lena Tall Faye felt a duty to help her mother at a young […]

septembre 12, 2022
Blog | Trade & Export

Extending Efforts to Expand Exports for West African Businesses

Trade Hub’s Technical Assistance Reaches Beyond Co-Investment Partners to Support Duty-free Export through AGOA Efforts By Tia Swain, Communication Specialist Business success requires navigating unfamiliar territory while facing constant challenges. In West Africa, the aim of establishing, maintaining, and scaling a business to the level to which international export is not only possible, but sustainable […]

août 31, 2022
News | Press Release

Trade Hub Grant Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

USAID co-investment grant to Coliba SARL will help reduce plastic pollution, create jobs in Abidjan ABIDJAN, CÔTE d ’IVOIRE  – Reducing plastic pollution, recycling plastic waste for industrial use, and creating hundreds of jobs in Côte d’Ivoire are the goals of a USAID-funded grant from the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) to […]

août 18, 2022
Blog | Ghana

Affirming the Importance of Private Sector Partnership for Development

Ambassador Virginia E. Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Marks First Official Trip to Tamale with Tree Planting Ceremony with Nuts for Growth By: Akua Nana Mensah, Communication Specialist The global demand for shea has continued to rise over the last few decades, pushed by an increased demand for cocoa butter alternatives (used for natural cosmetics […]

août 17, 2022
Blog | Success Story

Koster Keunen boosting the benefits of beekeeping through smallholder training 

Twenty-one-year-old Waïba Agoro learned the basics of hive management and collecting honey and beeswax through her family’s beekeeping business. In her small farming community, Affem-Boussou, located in Togo’s Central Region, the income she generates from selling honey and beeswax provides a steady stream of income, especially in the dry season when money can be hard […]

juillet 25, 2022
Blog | Success Story

Des opportunités qui mènent au succès des rizicultrices sénégalaises 

Entreprise Aïssatou Gaye supports a woman’s paddy rice season in Ross Bethio  By Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Rice is a strategic product for food security and nutrition in Senegal, occupying a prominent place for the population. In recent years the rice sector has undergone a clear consolidation, with a considerable increase in production volumes. Posing […]

juillet 25, 2022
Blog | Success Story

Des opportunités qui mènent au succès des rizicultrices sénégalaises

L’Entreprise Aïssatou Gaye soutient la campagne de riz paddy d’une femme à Ross Bethio Par Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Le riz est un produit stratégique pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition au Sénégal, occupant une place de choix pour la population. Ces dernières années, le secteur du riz a connu une nette consolidation, avec […]

juillet 25, 2022
Blog

The Russia-Ukraine Conflict Underscores the Importance of Sustainable, Regional Solutions to Food Insecurity

USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub partners with high-performing private-sector companies to improve food insecurity in West Africa By Robin Wheeler Abuja, Nigeria – Many people around the world might find it difficult to pinpoint the specific ways the conflict thousands of miles away between Ukraine and Russia is impacting the global economy. The […]

juillet 14, 2022
News | Success Story

WACOT Rice Farmer Builds Upon Her Father’s Legacy

By Habiba Suleiman, Project manager-WACOT Rice Impact investment aims at combining competitive financial returns with positive change for people and the environment. This underlies WACOT Rice’s growing interest in creating market opportunities for investments that support environmental and social goals. It is upon this foundation that WACOT Rice’s Trade Hub-supported rice out-grower program was established […]

juillet 4, 2022
Blog | News

Trade Hub and Cordaid Investment Management Webinar Highlights Successes of Blended Finance in Impact Investment

“In traditional investment, risk and return go hand-in-hand, but what I like …specifically about blended finance, is that there is a third element, which is impact.”   Hann Verheijen, Managing Director, Cordaid Investment Management  Financing for social impact projects or projects geared toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is typically provided through a […]

juillet 4, 2022
Blog | News

Trade Hub Staff Retreat Offers Opportunity to Bond, Learn, and Plan

By Blessing Lass, Senior Communication Specialist The week of May 16th was an exciting one for the Trade Hub team, as many colleagues met face-to-face for the first time since the project’s inception. In 2019, the USAID West Africa Trade & Investment Hub kicked-off with about 20 staff members across the region, particularly in four […]

juin 15, 2022
News | Press Release

USAID Trade Hub Partners with ShEquity to Catalyze Investment in Women-Owned or Led Businesses in West Africa  

A Gender-Lens Investor, ShEquity Aims to Close the Gender Funding Gap in Africaby Providing Smart Investment to African Female-owned and Led Businesses  Abuja, Nigeria, May 26, 2022 – With a $1.2 million co-investment grant from the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), ShEquity Partners (ShEquity), an investment firm that promotes women’s entrepreneurship […]

mai 26, 2022
Blog | Success Story

Pruning and thinning trainings bear fruit for cashew communities in Côte d’Ivoire

By David Lederer, Project Manager, Red River Foods Yao Wilfried Kouadio, 26, lives in a small community in the Sakassou region of Côte d’Ivoire called Konankro, located in the country’s dense, lush, central region where cashew trees dot the landscape. While sun-loving cashew trees grow quickly here, without appropriate spacing they fail to produce their […]

mai 26, 2022
Blog | Success Story

Weeding Out an Opportunity: Global Mamas supports one woman to increase her income and help her community

By Malik Abdoul, Marketing and Sales Manager, Global Mamas For over a decade, Ghana’s Volta River has been attacked by the water hyacinth, a type of invasive weed. Dubbed the “poison flower,” this fast-growing plant negatively impacts the ecology within the river and the economic potential of those who depend it for both food and […]

mai 26, 2022
Blog

Trade Hub Event Highlights Strategies to Empower Women in Ghana’s Apparel Sector 

By Nana Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist On May 5, 2022, the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) held the event “Empowering Women in Ghana’s Apparel Sector: Challenges and Success Strategies.” The event highlighted the work of three co-investment partners in the Ghanaian apparel sector—DTRT Apparel, Ethical […]

mai 12, 2022
Blog

Webinar Recap: How Nigerian Agribusinesses are championing inclusive financing for women farmers

By Nana Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist The Nigerian agricultural sector is the country’s largest employer, with *smallholder farmers constituting the majority of the agricultural workforce. Despite the fact that women smallholder farmers make up nearly half of that number, they continue to face a growing financial inclusion gap. The gender gap is having a detrimental […]

mai 11, 2022
Blog

Co-Investment Partnerships in Cabo Verde Proving Fruitful, USAID Visit Finds

By Frantz Tavares, Public-Private Partnerships Consultant USAID and Trade Hub representatives were able to see firsthand the progress co-investment partners in the island nation of Cabo Verde have made during field visits held March 14–21, 2022. The companies visited were Inpharma Laboratorios, Agrosoluções, SUCLA, Fresk D’Gustinh, and Injaro/Procapital. Collectively, these partnerships are expected to spur […]

avril 14, 2022
Blog

West Africa Trade Hub-led webinar introduces “plan bee” for supporting smallholder farmers

By Nana Akua Mensah, Communications Specialist When most people think of beekeeping, they don’t associate the trade with helping to prevent the devastating spread of deforestation. But in global biodiversity hotspots like the Tai-Greba-Krahn-Sapo Forest Landscape between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, beekeeping has proven to be not just an income-generator for farmers, but also an […]

mars 31, 2022
News | Press Release

Mali’s Fonio Exports to Rise Through $1.9M USG Investment

USAID / Prosper Africa co-investment grant to Yolélé and Mali Shi SA will improve smallholder value chains and create 13,700 jobs in Mali Bamako, Mali —The ancient grain fonio has been grown as a subsistence crop in West Africa for over 5,000 years. A new venture in Mali called Sustainable African Foods (SAF) is turning […]

mars 30, 2022
Blog

Communications Team Strategizes on Boosting Promotion and Collaboration During Workshop in Accra

By Nana Akua Mensah, Communications Specialist “Our duty is to find the human element that moves audiences to connect and inspires them to action,” asserted Bettina Boateng, Senior Supervisory Regional Development Outreach and Communications Specialist for USAID West Africa. Boateng expressed this as the primary principle guiding all communications work in her address to the […]

mars 30, 2022
Ghana | News

New U.S. Investments Unlock Trade Potential for Businesses in Ghana

Accra, Ghana – U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan today announced new co-investments by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) totaling $4.2 million with five companies operating in Ghana.  These projects, leveraged with private sector funds, will help these companies scale up operations, develop export opportunities, and create jobs.  Ambassador Sullivan made the announcement during the […]

mars 29, 2022
Actualités

Statement by the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub in Celebration of International Women’s Day

“There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.”—Secretary-General Kofi Annan As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, March 8, 2022, the staff of the USAID West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) would like to use the occasion to salute women across the world, who, as this day’s theme […]

mars 8, 2022
Blog

Partner’s Spotlight: West Africa Water, Senegal

West Africa Water is a pioneer in the production of safe drinking water in Senegal, made possible by its decentralized and low-cost desalination system to treat brackish water. With a $505,000 (287 million CFA) Trade Hub co-investment grant, the company is building upon its goal of expanding and growing its network of water kiosks in […]

mars 4, 2022
Blog

Highlights of the Trade Hub’s New Co-Investment Partnerships

By Blessing Lass, Senior Communications Specialist  Over the past 4 months, the Trade Hub awarded approximately $21 million in co-investment grants to 28 companies, bringing our total number of co-investment partners to 71. The grants, ranging from $250,000 to $2 million, were made possible through USAID missions throughout the region, as well as through dedicated […]

février 28, 2022
News | Uncategorized

Finding the Right Retailers for Your Product

By Andy HarvellOwner of Harvell Vendor Services Finding the right U.S. retailers for your food-based products is critical to ensure the products you have worked so hard to develop, perfect, and package are accessible and marketed effectively to your intended customers. But first you must understand the levels and types of retailers, as well as […]

février 14, 2022
Blog | Ghana | Success Story

Training through Red River Foods Supports One Woman’s Efforts to Cash in on Cashews

By Akinyi Ochieng, Lead, Marketing and Communications, Partnership for Natural Ingredients Over the last two decades, the global trade in raw cashew nuts has more than doubled to 2.1 billion kilograms. While African countries have driven this boom, cashew farmers like Kate Gyabaah have rarely seen an increase in their incomes despite the growing international […]

février 14, 2022
Blog | Nigeria | Success Story

Babban Gona / Trade Hub Partnership Increases
Nigerian Farmers’ Harvest in Fight for Food Security

Written by: Aja Beckham The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity among the Nigerian population, particularly those in rural farming communities, who are among the most vulnerable and adversely affected by this ongoing health and economic crisis. Kola Masha, Managing Director of Babban Gona, a Nigerian-based agri-tech social enterprise, says that since the Trade Hub awarded […]

février 14, 2022
News | Nigeria

THERE’S MONEY IN HONEY

Webinar to Highlight How Supporting West African Farmers’ Beekeeping Initiativesis a Win for Farmers, Agribusinesses, and the Environment WHAT: Webinar: From Farm to Beehive: Why Introducing Farmers to Beekeeping is a Win for Farmers, Agribusinesses & the Environment.” WHEN: Feb. 24, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WAT (1 p.m.–3:30 p.m. GMT; 8 a.m.-10:30 […]

février 11, 2022
Blog

New Chief of Party takes the Trade Hub Helm Q&A with Robin Wheeler

The West Africa Trade & Investment Hub started the new year under the leadership of a new Chief of Party, Robin Wheeler. Based in the Trade Hub’s headquarters of Abuja, Wheeler will guide the project in its mission to empower and work with the private sector to meet some of the region’s most pressing sustainable […]

février 10, 2022
News | WASH

Trade Hub Awards Two Co-Investment Grants to Provide Clean Drinking Water, Improve Sanitation in Senegal

$1.5 million awarded for projects that will improve the health of Senegalese DAKAR, SENEGAL – Improving sanitation and increasing access to clean drinking water in Senegal are the goals of two companies recently awarded a collective $1.5 million (842 million FCFA) in co-investment grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s regional initiative, the […]

février 3, 2022
Financial Services | News

West Africa-Based SMEs to Receive Influx of Capital, Technical Assistance through USAID-Funded Partnership with African Guarantee Fund

Abuja, Nigeria—Limited access to capital remains a high barrier to growth for many small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in West Africa, a challenge compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.  In its continued efforts to support high-potential SMEs in the region during this crisis and the companies that finance them, the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & […]

février 3, 2022
Agriculture | News

Tolaro Global and the Trade Hub Back $10.2M Project to Boost Benin’s Exports of Certified Organic Cashew Nuts

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has launched a $10.2 million co-investment partnership with Tolaro Global, a leading cashew-processing company in Benin, to strengthen the country’s certified organic cashew nut market and help meet the growing demand for cashew products among U.S. and European consumers. In support of this goal, Tolaro […]

février 3, 2022
Agriculture | News

USAID-Funded Trade Hub and Locafrique Launch $24 Million Partnership to Increase Financial Inclusion for Agribusinesses in Senegal

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), has launched a $24 million (13 billion CFA) co-investment partnership with the Senegalese financial leasing institution Locafrique to build on its momentum of prioritizing the agricultural sector in Senegal, as well as increasing access to credit for businesses […]

février 3, 2022
Agriculture | News

U.S. Government Investment Grows Women’s Incomes Through Beekeeping in Ghana

For smallholder farmers in Ghana producing shea butter, bees are normally pests to swat away. But these insects will soon prove invaluable to farmers thanks to a $2 million, 3-year partnership between the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) mission in Ghana, the USAID/ West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), and Burt’s Bees®, an American […]

novembre 29, 2021
News | Uncategorized

Funding Available for Projects to Improve Health of Women and Children in Senegal

DAKAR, SENEGAL – To address the urgent need to improve the health of women and children in Senegal, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), is offering co-investment grants up to $500,000 for private firms and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that offer creative and innovative healthcare solutions. To […]

novembre 24, 2021
Agriculture | News

U.S. Government Supports Local Herders in Senegal to Build Milk Production Capacity

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has awarded a $518,000 co-investment grant to La Laiterie du Berger, a company that manufactures dairy products from locally produced milk in Senegal. The grant will allow the company to source milk from 1,150 new herders and further its efforts to reduce the country’s dependence on […]

novembre 2, 2021
Agriculture | News

Agro Boye/Trade Hub Partnership to Increase Production of Key Crops in Senegal, Support Food Security

Through a $1.1 million co-investment grant from the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), Senegal-based agribusiness firm Agro Boye will increase its production capacity of horticultural products, helping to reduce food insecurity and import-dependency in the country. The company’s three-year partnership with the Trade Hub builds on a successful pilot project that the agribusiness […]

septembre 21, 2021
Agriculture | News

Trade Hub Awards 494 Million Naira to Tomato Jos to Bolster Nigerian Farmers’ Productivity and Resilience

Abuja, Nigeria—The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a 494 million naira ($1.2 million) co-investment grant to Tomato Jos Farming and Processing Limited (Tomato Jos) to boost the productivity, incomes, and resilience of maize and soybean smallholder farmers in northern Nigeria’s Kaduna State. Kaduna State is home to approximately 1.3 […]

septembre 3, 2021
Actualités

U.S. Government and 3 Senegalese companies co-invest $9.9 million to create jobs and build new markets to recover from COVID-19 restrictions

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub awarded co-investment grants totaling $1.43 (780 million in francs CFA) across three promising Senegalese companies—the online fresh-grocery delivery Club Tiossane and two women-led food companies, Biosene and Enterprise Aissatou Gaye (EAG). The investments will help these businesses meet market demands, create employment and mitigate the economic impact […]

juillet 23, 2021
Agriculture | News

U.S. Government Investment in Ghana’s Upper West Region Tackles Poverty Among Subsistence Farmers

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub, has awarded a $1.2 million co-investment grant to Warc Group, a social enterprise with  agricultural production and consulting operations in Ghana and Sierra Leone, to help smallholder farmers in Ghana’s Upper West Region. The company’s subsidiary, Warc Ghana, will […]

juillet 22, 2021
Agriculture | News

Trade Hub Helps Cashew Processors in Côte d’Ivoire Score Lucrative Contracts with U.S. Wholesaler

By Chaz Kyser There is rising global demand for cashews and cashew-based products, including in the United States where at least 90,000 metric tons of this nutritious nut is imported every year. West African-based cashew processors have long recognized the potential to export this commodity to the United States, but have faced hurdles surrounding developing […]

juin 21, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

Trade Hub Co-Investment Partnership with PYXERA Global to Bolster Agricultural Systems in Nigeria and Strengthen Food Security

Through the West Africa Agriculture Resilience Program,10,000 smallholders will increase crop yields and their incomes The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has awarded a $500,000 co-investment grant to PYXERA Global, a not-for-profit with extensive experience designing training and capacity-building programs, to support the launch of its West Africa Agriculture Resilience Program (WAFARP). This program will assist […]

juin 11, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria | Uncategorized

Trade Hub and OCP Africa Bridge Access to Fertilizers for 74,450 Farmers in Nigeria

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a $1.4 million co-investment grant to OCP Africa Fertilizers Nigeria Limited (OCP Africa), a leader in the production of phosphate-based fertilizers, to install modern blending equipment within its fertilizer blending plant facility under construction in Kaduna State. The top-in-class blending equipment will help bridge the gap where there […]

juin 10, 2021
Agriculture | News | Uncategorized

West Africa Positioned as Major Cashew Nut Exporter Through U.S. Government Investments

Red River Foods/Trade Hub partnership to create long-term,sustainable incomes throughout the cashew value chain West Africa is poised to be the next largest exporter of cashew kernels to the U.S. market through a $3 million co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) and Red River Foods (RRF), a leading global supplier of plant-based […]

juin 10, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria | Uncategorized

Tech-Driven Agriculture Services to Boost Incomes of 50,000 Farmers in Nigeria

Abuja, NIGERIA—Building on its work to boost food security in Nigeria through technology-driven agricultural services, Thrive Agric has launched an ambitious 1-year project to support 50,000 smallholder farmers growing rice, maize, and soybean. As part of its commitment to strengthening agricultural value chains in the country, including for these three staple crops, the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & […]

mai 31, 2021
Agriculture | News

Webinar for Women-led Businesses Educates on Exporting Duty-Free to the United States

West African women seeking to do business beyond their borders gained special insight during a May 28th webinar hosted by the Trade Hub titled “Exporting to the U.S. Duty-Free & Partnering with the Trade Hub: Keys to Success for Women-Led Businesses.” More than 200 women joined the 2-hour session, including members of the Borderless Trade Network […]

mai 31, 2021
Agriculture | News | Uncategorized

U.S. Ambassador Joins Kebbi Governor to Launch New Partnership with WACOT Rice to Improve Food Security

Argungu – At a May 19 ceremony in Argungu, Nigeria, U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard joined Kebbi State Executive Governor H.E. Sen. Abubakar Bagudu and private and public-sector stakeholders committed to ensuring food security in Nigeria to launch a co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) and WACOT Rice. The […]

mai 24, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

Trade Hub Partnership with Adefunke Desh Nigeria to Ensure Quality Grains, Support Farmers’ Incomes, and Feed Nigeria’s Growing Population

Abuja, NIGERIA—Through a $1.7 million co-investment from the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Development Hub, Adefunke Desh Nigeria (ADN), an agribusiness specializing in the cultivation and processing of grains, will embark on its expansionary drive to significantly scale its operations. This project will be instrumental in improving ADN’s competitiveness, in turn boosting the incomes of its partner smallholder […]

mai 11, 2021
Agriculture | News | Uncategorized

Trade Hub Co-Invests with Partners for Development to Build Fish Farmers’ Resilience to COVID-19 Impacts

The partnership focuses on investing to improve productivity, trade, and stabilization of employment in Nigeria’s aquaculture value chain Nigeria is one of the largest farmed fish producers in Sub-Saharan Africa, with catfish being the most farmed species, including in the Niger Delta region. There, prior to the pandemic, artisanal small-scale fishers had been successful in […]

mai 10, 2021
Agriculture | News

U.S. Investments in Burkina Faso’s Rice Sector to Boost Food Security

Bobo-Dioulasso, BURKINA FASO—The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) is awarding $1 million to seed company Neema Agricole du Faso (NAFASO), based in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. The grant and private sector partnership with NAFASO that it facilitates will boost rice production in Burkina Faso, an effort key to improving food security in the country. The […]

mai 10, 2021
Agriculture | News

West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Partners with 8 Degrees North to Support an Alliance Giving Smallholders Access to the Growing Organic Palm Market

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a $1.1 million co-investment grant to 8 Degrees North, a Ghanaian palm oil processing company, to support smallholder farmers in West Africa to access the growing market for organic palm oil in the United States. The co-investment project will considerably boost profits for smallholders and […]

avril 21, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

REMIF REMS to Boost Rice Production in Nigeria Thanks to Trade Hub Co-Investment

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has awarded a $499,000 grant to Nigerian-based REMIF REMS Nigeria Ltd,  a major agro-based service provider in Nigeria. The aim of the co-investment partnership is to improve food security and health safety measures for farmers in the southern region of Nigeria. In Nigeria, rice is a major staple […]

avril 1, 2021
News | Nigeria

The Trade Hub Launches a Virtual DealRoom Connecting Investors to Fast-Growing Impact Businesses

Abuja, Nigeria—The West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub) has unveiled a Virtual DealRoom giving global investors information and access to the Trade Hub’s growing pipeline of impact business opportunities. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Trade Hub aims to catalyze economic growth in West Africa utilizing a market-based approach. Through its co-investment fund, […]

mars 31, 2021
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Partners with CrossBoundary to Co-Invest in Agribusiness SMEs

West Africa’s agribusiness sector will soon benefit from millions of dollars in private investment through a co-investment partnership between the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub and CrossBoundary, an investment and economic development advisory services firm specializing in underserved markers. As part of the agreement, CrossBoundary will leverage Trade Hub’s $1.5 million grant to channel at least […]

mars 25, 2021
Actualités

Private Sector Investments in West Africa to Get Boost Through Novel Trade Hub/Cordaid Partnership

Even prior to the pandemic, West Africa was viewed by potential investors as a region ripe with opportunities but associated with too much risk to bank on because of countries’ often fragile economies. In a March 16th webinar, public-private sector stakeholders and those involved in trade and development in Africa learned how Stichting Cordaid, through […]

mars 17, 2021
Agriculture | News

Togo Shea Company Preserves Women and Youth Employment with Trade Hub Investment

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has announced a co-investment partnership with Togo shea company Agbanga Karite Alaffia SARL to secure $299,000 worth of shea kernels and other raw materials for the company’s 2021 production of shea butter products sold in the United States and other markets. With the co-investment made possible by Prosper Africa, the upfront purchase […]

mars 2, 2021
Agriculture | News

West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Strengthens Global Mamas’ Mechanism for Livelihood Resilience Through its Co-Investment Grant

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has signed a co-investment partnership with Global Mamas to support the company’s drive for sustainable growth post-pandemic and promote the goals of the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa initiative to increase two-way trade and investment. A natural partner for the Trade Hub, Global Mamas is a Ghana-based social enterprise that works with women across […]

mars 1, 2021
Actualités

West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Co-Invests with Ethical Apparel Africa to Increase Garment Production in Ghana

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub (Trade Hub), utilizing Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) funds, will establish a model factory with Ethical Apparel Africa and Maagrace Garment Industries in Ghana’s Eastern region.  This partnership will accelerate women’s economic empowerment in the apparel manufacturing industry by setting high […]

janvier 27, 2021
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West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Co-Invests with Cordaid to Support SMEs in the Region

In partnership with the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has announced its first co-investment project with Stichting Cordaid (Cordaid), managed by Cordaid Investment Management B.V. (CIM), to increase the access to finance by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Sierra Leone.  Due […]

janvier 25, 2021
Agriculture | News | Uncategorized

West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Co-Invests with Koster Keunen to Improve Smallholder Beekeeping

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has announced a co-investment partnership with Koster Keunen, a leading natural waxes company, that will support West African smallholder farmers by organizing and improving beeswax supply chains from the region. The partnership, which promotes the goals of the U.S. Government’s Prosper Africa initiative to increase two-way trade […]

décembre 21, 2020
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The West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Co-Invests with WACOT Rice to Improve Food Security and Promote Local Production in Nigeria

The USAID-funded West Africa Trade & Investment Hub has announced its first co-investment partnership with WACOT Rice Limited, a Nigerian rice company based in Kebbi State. The Trade Hub’s grant of $1.48 million will directly support its Argungu Rice Outgrower Expansion Project, allowing WACOT to onboard an additional 5,143 rice farmers into its program designed […]

décembre 14, 2020
Agriculture | News

Women Entrepreneurs Export Duty-Free to the U.S. Thanks to Trade Hub support

Across Western Africa, women entrepreneurs often are confronted with challenges to expand their successful small businesses. Despite evidence of strong growth potential, women-owned businesses continue to encounter difficulties accessing finance and support services. They also lack information to expand their businesses beyond traditional markets. As palm oil producer and business owner Tahara Haidara Diallo recalls, […]

septembre 30, 2020
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West Africa Trade & Investment Hub Supports Businesses Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

On August 12th, the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub announced a rapid response plan to deploy $36 million supplementary funding provided by USAID to mitigate the pandemic’s socio-economic impact in West Africa. This recovery plan includes new Co-Investment funding that targets the private sector and is designed to address critical economic areas through three […]

août 20, 2020
Agriculture | News

Corporate Council on Africa’s Webinar With Prosper Africa Highlights How the Private Sector Plays A Pivotal Role in Both Areas

The COVID-19 pandemic will change business as usual with regards to trade between the United States and Africa and overall economic development activities on that continent, said the Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa initiative. “We’ll need a new level of creativity, connection, and commitment in the coming year amidst this pandemic,” […]

avril 5, 2020
Agriculture | News

The West Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s Gender Expert Discusses Women and COVID-19

Creative’s Senior Advisor for Gender and Social Inclusion, Rebecca Sewall, sat down (virtually!) with Chioma Ukwuagu, the Gender Advisor for the USAID-funded West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, to talk about how the project’s goals of providing female entrepreneurs greater access to capital and jobs, breaking down cultural barriers in the business world and the […]

avril 1, 2020
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Message from Our Chief of Party About COVID-19 and the Trade Hub

Good day to all, Like others across the world, you are undoubtedly being confronted with the realities we all face from the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, businesses, and households are taking precautionary measures to limit this outbreak and protect civilians, colleagues, and our loved ones from infection. The Trade Hub has already implemented these measures […]

mars 27, 2020
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

Nigerian and US officials kick off West Africa Trade & Investment Hub

ABUJA, Nigeria—More than 250 Nigerian government officials, business executives, and other stakeholders officially launched the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, which seeks to bolster trade, employment, and innovation in key sectors. The U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard kicked off the Jan. 28 launch by highlighting the Trade Hub’s commitment to forging partnerships with West Africa’s […]

mars 20, 2020
Agriculture | News | Nigeria

The Nigerian private sector: bridging social impact and profitability

ABUJA, Nigeria –The recently launched West Africa Trade and Investment Hub aims to create 40,000 new jobs, bolster trade between the U.S. and West Africa, and foster innovation through co-investments in key sectors. Though a number of obstacles have hindered sustainable economic development, the Trade Hub’s mission is to empower the private sector to meet those […]

mars 13, 2020
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