Jan 23, 2014
The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) Executive Director Jim Hershey was in Ghana this week meeting with USDA and USAID officials to discuss pending activities and proposals. Thanks to funding from USDA’s Emerging Markets Program (EMP), WISHH is managing a poultry industry evaluation and aquaculture management training.
Ghana imports millions of dollars of frozen poultry from the U.S. and, in conjunction with USAPEEC, is looking at constructive activities to augment the local poultry trade, including more efficient feeding practices.
The aquaculture industry is also poised for growth with more than 1,000 tons of floating feed exported from the U.S. to Ghana every year. Local feed industry stakeholders, including U.S.-based Seaboard Corporation, see significant growth potential in soy protein imports for a growing feed industry.
Hershey’s visit happened to coincide with a trade delegation from North Dakota, led by Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. Ghana’s economy is growing rapidly, creating opportunities for trade and development.