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.
The Trade Hub grant that spurred this additional investment was awarded to Central African Seed Services and Jungle Beat and was concluded in December 2013.
The new equipment purchased by Jungle Beat comprises a new peanut butter mill, packaging machine for roasted peanuts to be sold on the local and regional market, a generator, and four groundnut shellers that have been placed with smallholder farmers.
Through the grant, the Trade Hub supported Jungle Beat in creating value-added products from groundnuts procured from its large network of smallholder farmers. The visit confirmed the success of one of the grant’s express objectives: to establish a private sector partnership that would stimulate further investment and technology transfer.
Photo: Jungle Beat’s Pieter Nieuwoudt demonstrates the cleaning, grading, and sorting equipment at the Lusaka plant to the Trade Hub’s Sediba Majinda.