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U.S. feed grain and co-product exports to the Middle East and North Africa have previously received tough competition from Black Sea and South American origin grains. However, this year due to competitively priced corn, the United States has regained market share in the region.
This spring, the U.S. Grains Council launched the Tanzanian Food for Progress program, building on its success in other livestock and feed improvement programs throughout the world. The program has three goals:
• Promote quality feed formulations for poultry
• Develop self-sufficient industry associations for poultry producers and feed manufacturers
• Improve broiler (poultry raised for meat) and layer (poultry raised for eggs) production through training seminars
Major North African grains buyers have begun importing U.S. corn again thanks to better prices and facilitated by strong relationships maintained through the lean years with the U.S. Grains Council. After virtually no sales in the previous year, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia purchased 2.1 million metric tons (82.7 million bushels) of corn this marketing year from September 2013 to May 2014.
This past spring, the U.S. Grains Council launched its Food for Progress Tanzania Program with an eye toward sustainably enhancing the capacity of the poultry production and feed milling industries in Tanzania. At the Council’s 54th Annual Board of Delegates Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, July 28-30, 2014, USGC Manager of Global Development Programs Anne Zaczek will speak on the program’s progress so far and its future outlook.
After two consecutive years of low market share for U.S. corn exports to the Middle East and North Africa, the 2013-14 marketing year has seen a sharp rebound in U.S. corn sales and shipments to the region. From the beginning of the marketing year through April 10, outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East are more than 2.8 million metric tons (110 million bushels), up from 204,500 tons (8 million bushels) the previous year over the same time period.
This week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows outstanding sales and accumulated exports of U.S. corn to North Africa and the Middle East for the past three marketing years, which began Sept. 1, through Mid-April for each listed year. With U.S. corn returning to more normal pricing in the 2013/2014 marketing year, Egypt, Israel, Morocco and Algeria have all returned to purchasing U.S. corn. Also, Tunisia has once again begun sourcing corn from the United States.
By: Anne Zaczek, U.S. Grains Council Manager of Global Development Programs
With its large and rapidly growing populations and enormous resource base, sub-Saharan Africa is commanding renewed attention. While it doesn't command the headlines garnered by the dramatic economic success stories in China, India, Brazil, and elsewhere, U.S. agricultural exports to sub-Saharan Africa have quietly increased by over 200 percent in the last decade. Bilateral agricultural trade between the region and the United States is now approaching $5 billion. At the same time, a new generation of leadership in several African countries shows promise of learning from the wrong turns of the post-independence era and charting a more successful course in the future.
The U.S. Grains Council will launch the Food for Progress Tanzania Program this spring with an eye toward sustainably enhancing the capacity of poultry production and feed milling industries in Tanzania.
The aim is to streamline understanding and cooperation among government officials, feed manufacturers and poultry producers.
By: Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director in Middle East and Africa
With U.S. corn and corn co-products priced competitively again, U.S. market share in the Middle East and North Africa region has begun to expand. For examples, Saudi Arabian buyers have begun purchasing U.S. corn and corn co-products again; Egyptian importers have purchased 638,000 metric tons (25.1 million bushels) of U.S. corn for April, May and June shipments on top of the 160,000 tons (6.3 million bushels) that was shipped in December and January; and there have been strong sales of U.S. corn co-products to Turkey, Egypt and Morocco.