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Trade Hub Supports Seed Harmonization in Malawi

From February 4-5, 2016, in Lilongwe, Malawi, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub made a presentation to the Agriculture and Irrigation Committee of Malawi’s National Assembly.

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Trade Hub Reviews Report on the Impact of Aflatoxin Mitigation Strategy

At the end of January 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub reviewed a technical report assessing aflatoxin management awareness and mitigation strategies implemented by the Trade Hub over the past five years.

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Celebrating the Oracle Award with Regional Mission Director Cheryl Anderson

At the end of December 2015, the Southern Africa Trade Hub officially presented the Oracle Sustainable Innovation Award 2015 to the Southern Africa Regional Mission in Pretoria, South Africa. 

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Trade Hub Grant to Intertek Laboratories Concluded Successfully

In December 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub closed out its grant to Intertek Laboratories after successful implementation.

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USAID Grant Enables Malawi Firm to Compete for UNICEF Distribution Contract

During the last week of December 2015, Strategic Partnership Grantee Valid Nutrition prepared to participate in a global tender for the supply of Ready to Use Complementary Food (RUCF) to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Without the grant through USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, this would not have been possible.

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Trade Hub Works to Ensure Malawi Seed Law is Harmonized with SADC Model Law

From December 16-19, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub reviewed the draft Malawi Seed Law in Lilongwe to ensure its harmonization with the SADC Model Law. In addition to meeting Lynn Schneider, USAID/Malawi Feed the Future Coordinator, the Senior Legal Advisor also met with Prince Kapondamgaga and Dr. Candida Nakhumwa, the CEO and Deputy CEO respectively of the Malawi Farmers’ Union.

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Trade Hub Assesses Response of Mozambican Farmers to Aflatoxin Management

As part of the impact assessment being conducted by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub on aflatoxin management strategies that have been implemented in the past five years, four focus group interviews were carried out in Nampula province in Mozambique from December 7-8, 2015. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Zhauns and Lumuno Organic Farms

Small scale vegetable-producing farmers in Zambia lack access to sustainable and reliable markets for their produce. Lumuno Organic Farms is a fast-growing producer of chili sauce based in the Chongwe District in Zambia. Through the Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Zhauns (Pty) Ltd is providing the necessary technology, equipment, and training for Lumono to upgrade its processing capacity and develop its product for export.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Ybema Grain Services

Up to twenty percent of grain that goes into storage in southern Africa is lost before it can be used, wasting millions of tons of product every year. A significant amount of grain is also never graded, which lowers the overall price of the grain and inhibits export. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Vermeulen Andele Trust

In Malawi, soy and groundnut crops sold on the domestic market are often of poor quality and do not meet export specifications as a result of poor post-harvest handling. There is a growing demand for soy in the region that is not being realized due to these quality concerns. The grant is enabling the installation of a sorting, grading, and cleaning plant in Malawi to address post-harvest handling challenges. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Spintelligent

The grant made the inaugural Agritech Expo in 2014 in Chisamba, Zambia possible and brought together the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) with Spintelligent, a professional events management service provider. Agritech Expo, the largest commercial agricultural show in Southern Africa outside of South Africa, is a business-to-business platform for farmers to converge in one arena, address key issues, discuss past and future projects, and exchange views on agriculture in the region. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Solidaridad SA and Solidaridad Mozambique

Environmental degradation and soil loss is responsible for reducing productivity and yields of staple foods in the Manica province of Mozambique. Solidaridad aims to restore soil fertility in the Guro, Machize, Mossourize, Tambara, and Brue districts in Manica through crop rotation, introducing soy and groundnuts as rotational crops that also have economic value for household and economic use. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: South Africa Groundnut Marketing (SAGM) and Jungle Beat

Zambia was once a major producer and exporter of groundnuts; however, production has fallen due to continued replanting of self-saved commercial crops (promoting diseases and genetic shift) and the lack of high yielding and marketable varieties.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: PMD Packaging and Valid Nutrition Malawi

Within Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa, there is a high demand for Ready to Use Complementary Foods (RUCF): highly-nutritious, portable, and shelf-stable products that can play a major role in improving the nutrition of children and pregnant women in particular.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: NWK South Africa and Subsidiary NWK Agro Services Zambia

The Strategic Partnership Grant was awarded to NWK South Africa to stimulate investment into their Zambian subsidiary NWK Agro Services. NWK Agro Services acquired the former Dunavant Cotton Company in 2010, inheriting an outgrower base estimated at over 100,000 contract farmers.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: MH Boerdery Konsultante and National Association of Smallholder Farmers (NASFAM)

Groundnuts have been identified as a key diversification cash crop for smallholder farmers in Malawi, but farmers have trouble increasing production due to limited access to quality seed, as well as poor growing and post-harvest practices that damage crop quality and in turn limit access to markets.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Intertek SA and Intertek Mozambique

Quality and safety services company Intertek recently established an Agricultural Testing Laboratory in Beira, Mozambique for chemical and microbiological testing. The grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is enabling Intertek to upgrade the laboratory with aflatoxin and wet chemistry testing services, which will give commercial traders the opportunity to have analysis done in-country at faster and more economical rates. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Export Trading Group

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has partnered with the Export Trading Group (ETG) to help ETG establish a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) on four selected warehouse sites in Mozambique. WRS enables farmers and medium-sized traders to store their grains securely, use the stored grain to leverage credit, and sell their crops later in the season when prices are generally higher. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Central African Seed Services and Jungle Beat

Due to domestic market issues, groundnut production in South Africa has declined significantly in the last ten years. With its ideal climate and traditional knowledge of groundnuts, Zambia could make up South Africa’s shortfall all on its own. But due to high levels of aflatoxin contamination, many markets have been closed to Zambian groundnuts and the hundreds of thousands of households that grow them.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: CASS/Agseeds

Through a Strategic Partnership grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub with CASS and Agseeds Mozambique, a seed cleaning and conditioning plant is being installed to enable onsite seed multiplication. The seed produced will be marketed by agricultural development programs, private sector outgrowers, and through direct sales. CASS and its partners are providing market development, farmer training and technology support.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Cargill-ECA

As part of a Strategic Partnership Grant with USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Cargill has partnered with Empresa de Comercialização Agrícola Ltd (ECA) in Mozambique to create market linkages for smallholder farmers living in rural Africa.Farmers in Mozambique, particularly smallholders, have limited access to markets and face many barriers to improving their incomes and livelihoods, due to infrastructural constraints and a history of conflict.

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Capstone Seeds Capstone Seeds and Peacock Enterprises

Research into improved seed varieties, especially drought-tolerant ones, is vital for improving food security in southern Africa. Through a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Capstone, an independent South African seed company, entered into a joint venture with Peacock Enterprises Ltd of Malawi to multiply and market "CAP9001."

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Strategic Partnership Grant: Ammtech (Pty) Ltd and COMACO Zambia

Through the grant, Ammtech established a 250kg per hour peanut butter processing plant at the COMACO premises in Chipata in the Eastern Province of Zambia. The plant improved the availability of fortified foods in the region and increased demand for raw groundnuts to feed the plant, guaranteeing a stable market for smallholder groundnut farmers. 

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Strategic Partnership Grant: AFGRI

Lack of grain storage infrastructure in Zambia has restricted the ability of small scale farmers in remote areas to market their maize, soy, and other crops at competitive prices. The Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub to AFGRI facilitated the construction of a satellite storage/buying facility in Petauke to provide market access to smallholder farmers.

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Trade Hub Grant Brings Groundbreaking Aflatoxin Testing Services to Africa

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub awarded a US$65,000 grant to Intertek SA to establish a facility to test for aflatoxin and other mycotoxins in Beira, Mozambique. Intertek provided the balance required to establish a state-of-the art laboratory testing facility in Mozambique, which is now open for business.

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Preliminary Findings of Gender Research in Chipata, Zambia

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee based in Chipata, Zambia to identify gender patterns, power dynamics, gender roles, rights, and opportunities related to COMACO beneficiaries (farmers) in the Nzamane, Mpenzeni, and Mbangombe cooperatives.

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Trade Hub Captures Impact in Mozambique

From November 15-20, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub traveled to Beira, Chimoio, and Catandica in Mozambique to conduct site visits and interview partners and beneficiaries. The visit was designed to capture the impact of the Trade Hub’s technical assistance and strategic partnership grants with a series of short videos.

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Trade Hub Supports Private Sector Review of Draft Seed Act in Malawi

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting Malawi’s efforts to devise a Seed Bill that is fully aligned with regional harmonization processes and provides clarity for industry on key issues affecting registration, certification, and labeling protocols.

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Trade Hub Facilitates African Trade Insurance Developments in Zambia

From October 27-29, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub finance and investment advisors were in Lusaka to assist the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) to reach out to commercial banks and financiers to better understand the financing opportunities presented by the development of a warehouse receipt system by the Zambia Commodities Exchange (ZAMACE).

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Trade Hub Site Visit to Organic Chili Sauce Producer in Zambia

During the week of September 28, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted a site visit to Strategic Partnership grantee Lumuno Farms, a chili sauce producer and demonstration organic farm located near Lusaka, Zambia. 

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Trade Hub Helps Increase the Efficiency of Seed Licensing in Zambia with Online System

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is helping to establish an online management information system at the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI), the organization responsible for control and certification of the seed industry in Zambia. The new management information system, called “Seed-Lab,” will improve the services available at SCCI and will automate the entire seed inspection and verification process in the country.

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OFA Representatives Visit Mozambique with the Southern Africa Trade Hub

From October 20-23, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted Janet MacLaughlin, Senior Advisor for Economic Growth: Office of Policy Analysis, and Benita Gunn, Global Issues and Initiative Coordinator, from the Department of State’s Office of Foreign Assistance (OFA). The OFA representatives traveled from Washington, DC to Pretoria, South Africa to visit the region and attended an introductory presentation at the USAID Southern Africa Mission delivered by the Trade Hub.

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Trade Hub Facilitates Breakthrough in Finance and Credit Insurance in Malawi

ATI and USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub hosted a workshop in Blantyre on September 17, 2015 that attracted 40 representatives from the banking and finance sector of Malawi. The Trade Hub has been working to bring together Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), the Agricultural Commodity Exchange of Malawi (ACE), and Malawi banks to make more finance available for farmers and traders who store their grains in ACE-accredited warehouses.

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Trade Hub Grant Partner Attracting Major Interest from Regional Markets

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has a Strategic Partnership grant with Lumuno Farms, a chili sauce producer and demonstration organic farm located near Lusaka, Zambia. In response to the farm’s increased productivity made possible by the Trade Hub grant, Lumuno is exploring regional markets and receiving major interest in its products.

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Trade Hub Visits Strategic Partnership Grantees in Mozambique

During the week of September 14-18, 2015, USAID’s Southern Trade Hub visited with Strategic Partnership Grantees throughout Mozambique to coordinate grant program implementation. 

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Trade Hub to Communicate Impact of Assistance to Zambian Counterparts

During the week of September 21, 2015, a delegation from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub traveled to Zambia where it met with energy and environment counterparts from USAID/Zambia and held consultations with the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in the run-up to a workshop that was held on September 22 to discuss the final stages of the Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT) regulations and pricing development. 

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Trade Hub Training Results in Adoption of Technologies to Combat Aflatoxin in Mozambique

Following a series of aflatoxin trainings in Nampula, Mozambique, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub made a follow-up visit from September 6-13, 2015 to assess the success of the techniques trained and the possibility of scaling up. Eleven training forums were visited, which had trained 152 farmers, of which 107 were women.

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Strategic Partnership Grantee Demonstrates Blue Box Technology to USAID In Pretoria

On September 15, 2015, Intertek Laboratories demonstrated the “Blue Box” technology at the USAID Southern Africa mission in Pretoria, South Africa. The Blue Box is an affordable precision tool kit composed of sampling and testing instruments that provides on the spot quality control to monitor crop or grain condition. It can be used both in the field and in storage facilities at any stage in the value chain.

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Trade Hub Grant Leads to Further Private Sector Agricultural Investment in Zambia

During a field visit to Zambia from August 23-29, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub established that Strategic Partnership Grantee Jungle Beat has made additional investments of more than US$200,000 to procure equipment out of South Africa and further grow its business in the country. Jungle Beat has also secured export orders for 400 metric tons with companies in South Africa valued at approximately US$300,000. 

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Trade Hub and Intertek Introduce Blue Box Technology for Aflatoxin Control in Zambia

On August 12, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored a workshop introducing Zambian millers, agrifood processors, storage operators and commercial farmers to Blue Box technology to help control aflatoxin contamination in storage facilities.

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Site Visits to Meet Partners and Capture Success in Zambia

The SA Trade Hub Communications Team is in the process of developing and producing a number of video products designed to capture the USAID program’s five years of diverse, market-oriented activities and influence. 

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Trade Hub Extends Warehouse Receipts System to Northern Mozambique

From August 7-11, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub trained warehouse managers from ETG on the basic concepts of the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) and demonstrated a live connectivity session to prepare Northern Mozambique for WRS, which was launched in Mozambique in May 2015.

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Storage Investments Supported by the Trade Hub to Strengthen the Grain Industry in Malawi

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is currently developing an Agricultural Storage Investment Facilities (ASIF) in Malawi with subsequent replication into Zambia. After a stakeholder consultation in 2013 revealed a severe shortage of agri-warehousing in Malawi, the Trade Hub worked to convene relevant organizations to facilitate financing and investment into warehousing and to address investment bottlenecks.

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Trade Hub Course on Safe Use of Pesticides Protects Health and Safety of Smallholder Farmers in Malawi

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in conjunction with two of its Strategic Partnership Grantees, organized two trainings during the week of August 10, 2015 in Malawi on the Safe Use of Pesticides for smallholder farmers and warehouse staff.

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Site Visits to Meet Partners and Capture Success in Malawi

The SA Trade Hub Communications Team is in the process of developing and producing a number of video products designed to capture the USAID program’s five years of diverse, market-oriented activities and influence.

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Trade Hub Helps Develop an In-Shell Groundnut Trading Model in Mozambique to Reduce Aflatoxin Contamination

From July 8-9, 2015, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a training and learning workshop with 25 key groundnut supply chain actors in Mozambique to develop a pilot in-shell groundnut trading model that will reduce post-harvest aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts. Presently, over 60% of contamination happens at the farm gate level due to poor post-harvest handling.

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Trade Hub Provides IT Solution to Launch Warehouse Receipts System in Time for Zambia’s Harvest Season

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been working to launch a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) in Zambia. The Warehouse Receipts System will enable farmers to access finance by depositing their crop in a certified warehouse and receiving a receipt.

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Trade Hub Broadens its Support for Aflatoxin Management Training in Mozambique

At a recent workshop on Aflatoxin Management in Mozambique, the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub became a member of the thematic group created to sensitize farmers, consumers and key stakeholders in the supply chains for key crops. The other three thematic groups will focus on establishing standards, sampling and testing procedures for Mozambique; control methods and research; and laboratory testing and certification.

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Trade Hub Supports Warehouse Receipts Systems in Feed the Future Countries to Help Provide Farmers with Access to Finance

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub demonstrated the AppSolve IT systems software for Warehouse Receipts to ZAMACE (Zambia Agricultural Commodities Exchange) and the Lusaka Stock Exchange (LuSE), which has resulted in Zambia deciding last week to adopt the system. The AppSolve IT system provides an online data collection platform that will enable ZAMACE to issue warehouse receipts electronically in time for the next farming season. The Trade Hub demonstrated the system to ZAMACE in a live connectivity extension training in Mozambique.

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USAID Grant Monitoring Trip to Malawi Visits Four Strategic Partnership Grantees

USAID’s Southern Africa Regional Economic Growth Office paid a visit to Southern Africa Trade Hub Strategic Partnership Grantees in Lilongwe, Malawi and Chipata, Zambia from May 17-22 to monitor grant progress, compliance, and deliverables. Environmental Compliance Officer Judith Mlanda Zvikaramba and Senior Agricultural Development Specialist Patricia Rwasoka-Masanganise visited four sites in the region, while Feed the Future Coordinator Lynn Schneider from USAID Malawi joined for one of the site visits (to Valid Nutrition) as well.

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The Trade Hub Conducts Visit to Four Strategic Partnership Grant Sites in Malawi to Check Progress and Support Activity

USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub visited four Strategic Partnership Grant activity sites in Malawi last week to benchmark the status of grant implementation, address potential hurdles, and highlight successes realized thus far. The grants are leveraging the skills, knowledge, and technology of South African partners to address agricultural issues in Malawi related to aflatoxin and groundnut processing, crop resiliency, malnutrition decrease, and post-harvest loss.

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USAID Southern Africa Visits Strategic Partnership Grantees

USAID Southern Africa Director of the Regional Economic Growth Office, Mark Wilt and Bill Benjamin, USAID’s Feed the Future Coordinator and Agriculture Team Leader toured the Cargill facility in Catandica, Mozambique, which is being upgraded through a Strategic Partnership Grant.

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Trade Hub Brings French Investor to Malawi

From March 9-13, the Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated the first ever investment mission by the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) to Malawi in partnership with the Agricultural Commodity Exchange for Africa (ACE). AFD, an agency of the French state, is a development finance institution that provides investment, de-risking, and technical assistance in support of social and economic development across emerging markets.

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Trade Hub Trains 45 on Aflatoxin Mitigation in Mozambique

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub partnered with Strategic Partnership grantee Solidaridad to deliver a four-day training in Chimoio, Mozambique to groundnut farmers at various levels of the value chain. Solidaridad received a grant of US$65,000 in 2014 to improve soil fertility in their maize and cotton fields via crop rotation with soy and groundnut.

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Trade Hub Promotes Gender Integration in Feed the Future Countries
The Trade Hub conducted gender integration awareness training in the three Feed the Future (FtF) countries in the SADC region – Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia – in August and September 2014.

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The Trade Hub and AMSCO Team Up to Improve Food Security
AMSCO and the Trade Hub have teamed up to develop the Agricultural Storage Investment Fund (ASIF) to assist thousands of smallholder farmers with modern storage facilities financed through the ASIF facility.

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