USGC focuses on trade potential in Africa

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USGC focuses on trade potential in Africa

The U.S. Grains Council is working to expand markets and programs into East and West Africa using resources from the Agricultural Trade Promotion program.  

Kurt Shultz, senior director of global strategies with the U.S. Grains Council, says more than half of the global population growth will occur in Africa by 2050.

“Africa and the Middle East will account for 57 percent of the growth in world coarse grain imports through 2026,” he says. “This is driven by changing demographics and urbanization. This all leads to increasing growth in demand for livestock products.”

The U.S. Grains Council is building on longtime programs in North Africa.

Shultz says the U.S. Grains Council works where the market does not.  

“Where private sector doesn’t have the ability to go in there or the attention to solve this problem alone,” he says. “So, we go where the market doesn’t work, and we look and see how we can create growth.”

He says the council has worked in Morocco, Tunisia, and East Africa, and with ATP funding, they’re planning new programs in both East and West Africa.

USGC develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum, DDGS, and ethanol.