During the workshop, which was hosted by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange of Malawi (ACE), During the third week of January 2016, grain specialists from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated a stakeholders’ workshop in Malawi on the Harmonization of National Grading Standards for the country.

Fragmented grading standards in grain and oilseed commodities throughout the SADC region prevent regional trade through structured entities such as commodity exchanges, dampening economic growth. During the workshop, which was hosted by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange of Malawi (ACE), participants provided critical input into the proposed development of a national grading standard for Malawi.

The Trade Hub will now prepare a report highlighting challenges, benefits, and recommendations for stakeholders to participate in further collective solutions on the issue. The goal is to bring commodities exchanges ACE and Auction Holdings (AHX) to a compromise on a maize grading standard as a pilot initiative to support a local harmonized grading standard.

The Trade Hub’s activity is designed to encourage the Feed the Future countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia to review and harmonize their grading standards to boost trade.

Photo: During the workshop, which was hosted by the Agricultural Commodity Exchange of Malawi (ACE), participants provided critical input into the proposed development of a national grading standard for Malawi
 

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