Taieb Named USGC Middle East and Africa Director

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramy Taieb to the position of Middle East and Africa Director in its Tunis office.

Taieb has served as the commodity purchasing manager for Poulina, Tunisia's largest grain importer and poultry company, for the past 12 years, working with the company in total for more than two decades.

In that position, he participated in numerous Council marketing programs and gained familiarity with Council operations as well as global grain markets.

South Africa Approves Biotech Corn Events, Opening Door for U.S. Sales

South Africa's government announced this week it is eliminating import restrictions on some biotech corn products, likely opening it for additional imports of U.S. corn.

The list of products, or events as they are described by the scientific community, announced by the country's Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that were previously ineligible for import includes several grown by U.S. corn producers either in single-event varieties or stacked varieties.

Second Annual Poultry Show In Tanzania Promotes Good Practices, Egg Consumption

The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently supported the Poultry Association of Tanzania (PAT) as it hosted the second annual Tanzania Poultry Show to present innovative production techniques and exhibit new equipment to local industry members from international and local companies.

The theme of the show this year was "An Egg a Day" to support promotion of egg consumption in Tanzania, and it was held in conjunction with a World Egg Day celebration sponsored by Novus International.

Chart of Note: Exports of U.S. DDGS Reach Record High in Middle East and North Africa

This week's Chart of Note illustrates the record breaking exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Middle East and North Africa in the 2015/2016 marketing year.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) latest trade data report, the United States exported more than 1.14 million metric tons of DDGS to these countries last marketing year, a new high.

Algerian Market Returns To U.S. Corn, Shows Room For Development

U.S. corn sales to Algeria are making a strong showing in 2016, doubling 2014/2015 marketing year imports.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) export sales report for Aug. 18, 2016, showed 527,000 metric tons (20.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn being exported to Algeria in the 2015/2016 marketing year, more than double sales last marketing year of 238,000 metric tons (9.3 million bushels).

Tanzanian Farmer Shares Her Training Successes, Growth With USGC Delegates

Neema Minja, owner of Kebag Corporate Limited in Tanzania, and Anne Zaczek, manager of global development programs, spoke directly to U.S. Grains Council (USGC) delegates at the organization's summer board meeting last week, offering a unique view of the impact USGC's programs in that country have had on local producers.

The Food for Progress program, launched in 2014, offers regional support systems for Tanzanian feed producers and farmers with the goal of improving the quality of feed available to farmers and ultimately creating demand for coarse grains. 

USGC Tanzania Food For Progress Program Participant Attends Summit In Silicon Valley

Eugene Kavishe, a participant in the U.S. Grain Council's (USGC's) Tanzania Food for Progress training program and founder and managing director of Vonkavy Agro Company, was one of three Tanzanian delegates who attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last week in Silicon Valley in California.

Previously, Kavishe was a participant in the Department of State's Young African Leaders Forum in 2014.

Tanzania Program Successfully Trains Local Poultry Producers

By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs

Training programs that are part of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) Food for Progress program in Tanzania have resulted in several success stories, with two poultry producers, Eugene Kavishe and Costa Mrema, implementing management changes based on these courses to benefit their operations.

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