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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - 12:45pm

Savannah Region, GHANA: On July 16, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Stephanie S. Sullivan joined His Majesty Buipewura Abdoulai Jinapor II and members of the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) to commemorate Shea Day with a tree planting event within the grounds of the Yagbonwura’s Jakpa Palace in Damongo. This event is a part of the Action for Shea Parklands initiative, which was launched in 2020 to preserve and protect the shea parklands across West Africa. Ambassador Sullivan addressed a cross-section of shea industry stakeholders. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has supported women’s cooperatives across northern Ghana to plant 15,000 shea trees during the month of July, recognized as “shea month.”

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie S. Sullivan emphasizes the importance of supporting women, peace and security initiatives in West Africa at the WPS  Regional Conference held at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana.
Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 8:15am

On Wednesday, July 7, 2021, nearly one hundred advocates for women, peace, and security initiatives in West Africa gathered, in person and virtually, to craft a future agenda for stronger security outreach in the region.

Saturday, March 6, 2021 - 4:30pm

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $3.5 million in rapid response Ebola assistance to support efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea. The assistance will support disease surveillance, laboratory testing, infection prevention and control, contact tracing, community awareness and social mobilization, and logistics management.

The participants in the shea seed planting demonstration. From left to right: Matt Anderson - Regional Economic Growth Office Director for USAID/West Africa, Madam Afishetu Mahamadu from Tungteiya Women's  Cooperative, Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan, Madam Peter Bamunu from Gizaa Gunda Women's Cooperative, Ms Sharon Cromer - Mission Director for USAID/Ghana and Mr. Kwame Wiafe of Wilmar Ghana.
Friday, August 21, 2020 - 3:15pm

On Wednesday, August 12, 2020, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Global Shea Alliance (GSA) launched the Action for Shea Parklands (ASP) initiative.  Spearheaded by GSA, this initiative seeks to promote, plant, and protect the shea parklands while advancing a shea industry commitment to plant ten million trees across West Africa over the next ten years.  In Ghana, 20,000 trees will be planted across the five northern regions this year alone. 

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 9:00am

On Monday, June 22, 2020, the USAID West Africa Regional Feed the Future (FtF) team virtually launched their newly published Global Food Security Strategy West Africa Regional Plan.  The Feed the Future West Africa Regional Plan, covering 2019-2024, presents a five-year strategy for West Africa to achieve the initiative’s goal of reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition. This plan reflects an evidence-based, integrated, interagency and regional approach to pursuing the three objectives of sustainable agriculture-led growth, resilience, and nutrition while positioning the region and its countries to become self-reliant.

Shea Success in West Africa: Ambassador promotes women’s economic development with new shea processing center in Northern Ghana
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 10:00am

Sorogu, Northern Region, GHANA— On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, U.S. Ambassador Stephanie S. Sullivan inaugurated a shea butter processing facility and warehouse for the Tiyumtaba Women’s Shea Cooperative of Sorogu, located in the Sagnerigu Municipality in the Northern Region of Ghana. The new facility, is part of a U.S. Government effort to partner with communities, companies, and non-profit organizations in West Africa to expand economic opportunities for women. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) developed the facility in partnership with the Burt’s Bees brand, owned by American manufacturer, The Clorox Company, and the Ghanaian firm Savannah Fruits Company; the facility will increase incomes for 600 Ghanaian women who collect and process shea nuts.

 More apparel companies in Ghana and Benin are focusing on empowering women with skills as West Africa’s apparel manufacturing industry grows.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 1:45pm

On May 8-10, 2019, the United States of America, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA), will welcome American companies to Accra to highlight Ghana’s  growing apparel manufacturing industry and sourcing opportunities in apparel exports.  The three day conference, led by EAA at the Movenpick Hotel, will enable brand sourcing executives from the U.S. to visit factories in Ghana, meet factory owners, and engage with logistics and trade and export specialists in order to understand the benefits for their organization.

Supporters at the Congress Place in Niamey to launch the G5 Sahel Women's Platform
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:15am

n Friday, October 12, 2018, more than 250 supporters gathered at the Congress Place in Niamey to launch the G5 Sahel Women’s Platform . The platform aims to convene key leaders, stakeholders and champions of women organizations committed to working together to yield positive actions in areas involving women, peace, justice and security throughout Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

Participants at the Fall Armyworm workshop in Benin
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 10:30am

Over ninety agriculture sector practitioners will meet at the facilities of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Benin, on February 13-15 to train trainers on the management of one of the most destructive crop pests, the Fall Armyworm (FAW; Spodoptera frugiperda) in Africa, with particular focus on West Africa. Jointly convened by the ECOWAS Commission, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with the technical expertise of IITA, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), and resource persons from international and national research and development institutions, the training is aimed at building technical capacity in the West Africa region in integrated pest management (IPM)-based FAW management.

A threat to global food security
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 11:45am

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing a significant threat to food security, income and livelihoods.

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