On November 4, 2015, the USAID Southern Africa Mission visited strategic partnership grantees PMD packaging/Valid Nutrition and MH Boerdery/NASFAM in Lilongwe, Malawi. Paul Pleva and William Benjamin were joined by Cullen Hughes and Carol Jenkins from USAID Malawi.
The Trade Hub grant has enabled a new PMD packaging line for Ready to Use Complementary Foods to be installed at Valid Nutrition. In the first year, Valid Nutrition projects production of 45 tons of the RUCF with the goal of increasing production to 75 tons in the second year.
A Strategic Partnership Grant to improve smallholder groundnut marketability in Malawi was awarded to MH Boerdery Konsultante in partnership with the National Association of Smallholder Farmers (NASFAM), a farmer-directed business system based on the individual participation of over 100,000 Malawian smallholders. The grant supports NASFAM to upgrade their central groundnut processing plant and animal feed processing plant, and is designed to increase farmers’ access to technology and storage facilities in Lilongwe South. The upgrade is expected to increase the production capacity of the groundnut processing plant from two to five tons per hour.
In Chipata, Zambia, the USAID Southern Africa mission representatives visited COMACO to view the peanut butter processing. The Trade Hub awarded a grant to Ammtech of South Africa to supply and commission a 250kg per hour peanut butter processing plant at COMACO in Chipata, Eastern Province Zambia. The plant aims to improve the availability of fortified foods in Northern Zambia and the region and to increase demand for raw groundnuts to feed the plant, providing a stable market for smallholder groundnut farmers.
Photo: NASFAM Commercial Manager Alexander Chikapula (far right) shows the USAID delegation around the NASFAM warehouse in Lilongwe