From 2014 to June 2015, the Trade Hub supported Strategic Partnership Grantee Ybema Grain Services to expand its grain handling services throughout the Southern Africa region as the company provided multiple training sessions to various agricultural organizations.
Since conclusion of the grant, Ybema has been approached by private companies to contract its training services and has successfully and sustainably expanded its business in the region. In mid-September 2015, Ybema provided grain handling training to commercial clients Zambia Breweries and CHC Commodities, while the Agricultural Commodity Exchange in Malawi contacted Ybema in early September to provide similar services.
Ybema continues to receive requests throughout and even outside the region, demonstrating the successful marketing of its services as well as an increased understanding industry-wide of the importance of proper grain handling practices.
Photo: Students examine stored maize during a Grain Grading and Management course taught by Ybema in Lusaka, Zambia.