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USADF and agoa

USADF contributes to the goals of the African Growth and Opportunity Act by providing grants and technical assistance to small buisnesses and producer groups seeking to access international export markets.

What is AGOA?

The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) was signed into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentives for African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies and build free markets. This year's AGOA Forum took place in Washington, DC.


What is USADF's role under AGOA?

AGOA opens the door for Africa producers to access U.S. and foreign export markets.The simple answer to increasing agricultural and artisan employment across Africa is to increase access to regional and global trade for smallholders and local artisans. Engaging these groups in trade can have a transformational development impact. USADF supports such hardworking cooperatives with grant funding and technical assistance across Africa.

The Faces of Trade Photo Campaign
Meet the USADF small producers engaged in global trade!

Click here for more info on the Faces of Trade


Examples of USADF AGOA Grants


Rwanda’s Gahaya Links successfully filled a large export order for Peace Baskets from Macy’s in New York, with Hutu and Tutsi women working side-by-side in associations. (See Grant 1735 for more details)

Tanzania’s Marvelous Batik and Foot Loose Handicraft displayed products in booths at the compound where the U.S Presidential delegation stayed during President Bush’ February 2008 visit to Tanzania. (Click here to see other projects in Tanzania)

ADF currently operates in more than 20 African countries and has 420 active investments valued at $63 million.The active projects in FY 2012 produce a diverse range of export products and services; African clothing and fabrics; coffee, tea and citronella tea; fish and other seafood; fresh and dried fruits and vegetables; spices and natural flavorings; sugar; legumes, nuts, and seeds; edible oil; grains and processed African ethnic foods; hardwood furniture; hand-crafted home décor items; cattle hides and ostrich skins; paints and coatings; and eco-tourism.

Media Coverage of USADF at AGOA

USADF makes Malawi Dairy Sector Investment

Malawi Dairy Farmers Receive Major U.S. Grants

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