The Food and Agriculture Task Force member companies represent every aspect of the farm-to-market supply chain. Agriculture represents 35% of West Africa’s GPD and 60% of its labor force. Yet many factors contribute to low productivity, such as the limited access to high-quality seeds and fertilizers and the lack of technology and training. To enhance bilateral commercial relations, the group promotes policy reforms leading to greater agricultural productivity and security in ECOWAS while increasing exports of and know-how.
- Increase U.S.-ECOWAS agriculture trade, including exports of U.S. equipment, technologies, and services.
- Advance trade and investment policies strengthening bilateral commerce through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other mechanisms.
- Enhance the commercial seed and fertilizer industries.
- Provide the mechanism for funding private sector projects.
- Establish partnerships and investment in regional programs and projects.
- Encourage investment in the fertilizer sector.