US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in West Africa for trade

US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Stephen Censky

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Stephen Censky, is on a trade mission to West Africa, to help United States exporters unlock new opportunities in a region where strong economic growth is driving demand for imported food and farm products.

The mission will be based in Accra, Ghana, and will also include buyer delegations from Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Senegal.

Deputy Secretary Censky said the USDA is working to sell the “bounty of American agriculture” and noted that West Africa is a potential market for American agriculture products.

“Through this trade mission and other efforts, USDA is proud to support President Trump’s Prosper Africa initiative, which is seeking to boost two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.

“Prosper Africa brings together the full range of U.S. government resources to connect U.S. and African businesses with new buyers, suppliers, and investment opportunities – a win for the United States and for countries across the African continent.”

The former CEO of the American Soybean Association and now the US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture will be joined by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, officials from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, and other US business representatives.

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Among the businesses and organisations which are part of the US, delegation is AFRO Plus Logistics, Bear, Delaware, American Premier Meat, Connersville, Indiana and the American Soybean Association/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, St. Louis, Missouri.

It will also include Anna Carter’s The Seed Lady, Los Angeles, California, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Chicago, Illinois, Berkeley Capital Group, Inc, New York, New York, Crown Products, Inc, Metairie, Louisiana, CTB, Inc., Milford, Indiana among others.

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