African farmers ostensibly will benefit from an approximately new $60 million project that U.S. taxpayers could be funding. The U.S. Agency for International Development's "USAID/WA [West Africa] Trade Hub and African Partner Network Project," as the endeavor is known, will seek to "assist farmers and firms to increase trade in key grains and livestock" in that region, according to a presolicitation notice that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located.
The document says the initiative, which remains "subject to the availability of funds," will keep in line with the U.S. government's Feed the Future strategy (.pdf) as well as support the
Africa Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Initiative (ACTE) goals of creating jobs and reducing poverty through value added exports.
USAID is not yet seeking bids on the proposed five-year project. The agency expects to release a formal Request for Proposals around June 2012.
Source document: Solicitation #624-12-0000TBD.