The Trade Hub’s agricultural activities are driven by USAID’s Feed-the-Future Strategy and focus on intra-regional trade in the targeted value chains of maize, soybeans, and groundnuts. Primary support is directed to the Feed-the-Future focal countries within the region (Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia) with special emphasis on en-couraging investment and technology transfer from South African organizations in line with USAID’s Strategic Partner-ship with South Africa. The Trade Hub supports initiatives that improve trade in targeted agricultural commodities and improve food security, including:
Improved Storage and Structured Trade: The Trade Hub is supporting the development of structured trade in com-modities to facilitate cross-border trade and to better inte-grate farmers and producer organizations in regional markets. In addition, the Trade Hub is supporting the devel-opment and regional expansion of warehouse receipts and services such as market information. Storage infrastructure and management are also key areas of focus across our target countries.
Improved Standards and Quality: Aflatoxin control in groundnut supply chains is a key standards and quality focus for the Trade Hub. The Hub is working with a broad range of stakeholders to develop, disseminate, and commercially test integrated management practices and technology to reduce aflatoxin contamination and open lucrative markets to regional groundnut producers and processors. The Trade Hub also supports investment in accredited commercial laboratory services to improve sustainable food and feed sector growth and trade
Increased Investment and Technology Transfer: The Trade Hub supports contract farming models and intra-regional partnerships to introduce and test improved seeds, extension and other technologies to boost small holder productivity, and market integration in all target countries.
Strengthened Regional Organizations: The Trade Hub supports the regional seed trade industry to better organize and realize the opportunities offered by the SADC seed reg-ulation harmonization protocol. The Trade Hub supports im-proved information gathering and dissemination by regional organizations to promote efficient, effective trade.
- Regional Markets and Market Access
- Standards and Quality
- Production Enhancement
- Regional Organization Strengthening