Abuja - The United States Agency for
International Development (USAID) has organised a workshop for more than 250
shea farmers in the country as part of efforts to strengthen the sector.
A cross-section of stakeholders representing trade
associations, chambers of commerce, commercial attachés of embassies, export
promotion agencies, international development agencies, private sector
companies, and financial institutions are attending the workshop.
Experts presented the latest information on industry
trends, production techniques and the international market for shea, as well as
practical information about the shea business.
“USAID believes that together, we can help Nigeria’s shea
industry to take advantage of the business opportunities that exist for this
commodity," Acting Deputy Mission Director of USAID Nigeria, Kathy Body,
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She said they also recognised that a stronger Nigerian
role in the global shea market would particularly benefit rural Nigerian
Shea nuts have been traded regionally for centuries. It is estimated that approximately 400 000
tonnes are exported annually from West Africa, primarily for use as shea
butter, which exists as a primary food ingredient or in cosmetic products.
The United States government through USAID, continues to
support Nigeria’s shea industry, through the Global Shea Alliance.
This includes leading retail brands, shea butter
manufacturers, research institutions, ministries, regulatory bodies and shea
butter producers and exporters.
“By building local capacities and facilitating a dialogue
on public-private partnerships, this conference will do much to further the
development and vitality of the shea industry,” said Mobola Sagoe, Chief
Executive of Shea Origin
- CAJ News