US official to visit Mozambique

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden is to lead a mission to Mozambique to promote agricultural trade and investment.

The trade mission will also visit South Africa, and will take place between 16 and 20 September.

It includes 18 companies and 16 agricultural commodity trade associations representing a range of agricultural products including snack foods, beverages, fruit and nuts, agricultural machinery.

Krysta Harden commented, “many US agribusinesses – especially small and medium-sized enterprises – are beginning to appreciate the opportunities for trade and investment in Africa. This initiative will establish relationships between US and African businesses and support agricultural growth throughout the region”.

According to the USDA, “sub-Saharan Africa's strong economic outlook, growing middle class and surging demand for consumer-oriented foods creates a promising market for US food and agricultural products. Over the past decade, US agricultural exports to sub-Saharan Africa increased by more than 200 per cent. Last year, bilateral agricultural trade between the US and sub-Saharan Africa totalled more than 4.75 billion US dollars”.

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