Tanzanian Farmer Shares Her Training Successes, Growth With USGC Delegates

Neema Minja, owner of Kebag Corporate Limited in Tanzania, and Anne Zaczek, manager of global development programs, spoke directly to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates at the organization's summer board meeting last week, offering a unique view of the impact USGC's programs in that country have had on local producers.

The Food for Progress program, launched in 2014, offers regional support systems for Tanzanian feed producers and farmers with the goal of improving the quality of feed available to farmers and ultimately creating demand for coarse grains. 

USGC Tanzania Food For Progress Program Participant Attends Summit In Silicon Valley

Eugene Kavishe, a participant in the U.S. Grain Council's (USGC's) Tanzania Food for Progress training program and founder and managing director of Vonkavy Agro Company, was one of three Tanzanian delegates who attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last week in Silicon Valley in California.

Previously, Kavishe was a participant in the Department of State's Young African Leaders Forum in 2014.

Tanzania Program Successfully Trains Local Poultry Producers

By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

Training programs that are part of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Food for Progress program in Tanzania have resulted in several success stories, with two poultry producers, Eugene Kavishe and Costa Mrema, implementing management changes based on these courses to benefit their operations.

USGC Offers Farewell To Hassanein, Continues Engagement In MEA Region

Hesham Hassanein has stepped down as the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) regional director of the Middle East and Africa, as of June 5. Despite this staff change, the Council remains committed to its presence and programs in the Middle East, Africa and Europe region and is assessing options to maintain USGC representation in this critical area of the world.

USGC Builds Relationships With Key South African Grain Buyers

During a recent mission to South Africa, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff urged local grain buyers to visit the United States immediately following a planned trip to Mexico to also learn about the U.S. grain handling system and quality standards. This program came to fruition at the end of May when these buyers visited Washington, D.C., and Indiana.

Global Grain Conference Offers Opportunity To Build Ties In Middle East, Including Iran

The Middle East and North Africa region is geographically closer to a competitor country, Ukraine, and as such, requires consistent attention to have U.S. corn and co-products, such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), remain top-of-mind for feed buyers. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff made progress towards this goal last week by attending the Global Grain Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai.

USGC Team Looks At New Potential Demand In South Africa

A U.S. Grains Council (USGC) mission uncovered a near-term opportunity for U.S. feed grain exports to South Africa late last year after El Niño created a severe drought in that country. This week, a team including USGC staff and a member delegate followed up on these findings by meeting with South African grain importers, end-users and government officials regarding the country’s white and yellow corn deficit.

USGC Continues U.S. DDGS Promotion in Middle East, North Africa Region

The U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) outreach program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) promoting U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) continued last month with feed consultants traveling to both Algeria and Egypt to meet with potential customers.

The Council’s efforts in this region are focused on maximizing the U.S. competitive advantage for U.S corn, sorghum and co-product exports. A large number of countries and a changing market environment have pointed Council staff and consultants to new marketing opportunities, including for DDGS.

During this marketing year, U.S. origin sales have backed off due to higher global grain supplies, lower demand, economic uncertainty and a stronger U.S. dollar. The Council is responding to this shift in the market by reminding global customers of the true value of the U.S. brand.

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