Agricultural Trade and Investment - Success Stories
Trade and Investment Missions (TIMs) have been
conducted in many countries and regions, including Bulgaria, East Africa, the
Dominican Republic, the Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, North
Africa, Romania, and Southern and West Africa. Future missions are proposed for
Central America, the Philippines, and Peru.
Since late 2005, six missions have been conducted.
In November 2005, 15 U.S. and 66 African companies participated in
the SouthernAfrica TIM, resulting in U.S. sales of $10.04 million and African
sales of $1.935 million. Sectors promoted included seafood, general agriculture, beverages, food
processing, technology, aquaculture, livestock genetics, horticulture, and
In July 2006, 17 U.S. and 25 Kazakhstani agribusinesses
participated in the U.S.–Kazakhstan TIM, resulting in U.S. sales of $7.5 million
and Kazak sales of $500,000. Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns led the
mission, during which he held bilateral consultations with the Kazakh President,
Deputy Prime Minister, Agriculture Minister, and the U.S. Ambassador. The Secretary discussed trade issues and assured
continued U.S. technical assistance to help Kazakhstan integrate into the world
In February 2007, 13 U.S. and more than 75 African agribusinesses
participated the East Africa TIM, resulting in U.S. sales of $15.8 million and
African sales of $400,000. Sectors promoted included seafood, dairy, meat and poultry, processed
goods, beverages, food processing and agriculture processing technology,
aquaculture, livestock genetics, and horticulture. This mission resulted in the
development of a joint horticulture project in Rwanda to plant bamboo in
controlled nurseries for reforestation, afforestation, soil erosion, and water
filtration. Bamboo can be used for food, paper pulp and textiles production,
bio-mass, bio-feed for livestock, lumber, medicine, and hygiene products. Once
the bamboo plantations are established, bamboo shoots could be harvested
beginning in the fifth year with timber being harvested by the seventh year.
Once production begins, the plantations will continue to produce annually for
40-60 years before replanting is necessary. This is a sustainable project
providing jobs, economic stability, and improved lifestyles for people residing
in the area.
In June 2007, 10 U.S. and more than 150 Georgian agribusinesses
participated the second U.S.-Georgia TIM, resulting in $2.5 million in U.S.
sales and $500,000 in Georgian sales. Sectors promoted included meat and poultry, seafood, processed goods,
beverages, food processing and agriculture processing technology, aquaculture,
and livestock genetics.
In March 2008, 17 U.S. and more than 125 African agribusinesses
participated in the West and Central Africa TIM, resulting in $6.6 million in
U.S. sales and no African sales to date. Sectors promoted included seafood, biofuels, processed goods, seeds,
beverages, meat and poultry, dairy products, food processing, agricultural
equipment, aquaculture, livestock genetics, and horticulture.
In April 2008, 17 U.S. and more than 75 African agribusinesses
participated in the North Africa TIM. U.S. and African sales data are not
available yet. Sectors
promoted included seafood, biofuels, processed goods, seeds, beverages, meat and
poultry, dairy products, food processing, agricultural equipment, aquaculture,
livestock genetics, and horticulture.
For more information,
Darrell A. Upshaw
USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service