The Trade Hub’s agricultural activities are driven by USAID’s Feed the Future Strategy and focus on intra-regional trade in targeted value chains: maize, soybeans and groundnuts. Primary support is directed to the Feed the Future focal countries within the region (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) with special emphasis on encouraging investment and technology transfer from South African organizations in line with USAID’s Strategic Partnership with South Africa. The Trade Hub supports initiatives that improve trade in targeted agricultural commodities and improve food security. Read more

Trade Hub Gender Advisor Magdeline Madibela (far left) with the Mpenzeni focus groupUSAID’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.

Photo: Trade Hub Gender Advisor Magdeline Madibela with participants during a focus group discussion in ChipataFrom November 22 to December 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender research and training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee based in Chipata, Zambia to support the Trade Hub’s goal of integrating gender into the policies and procedures of grantee organizations. 

Photo: Focus group inverview in Ntchaba village, Chipata, ZambiaDuring the week of November 23, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub began an impact assessment of the project’s interventions in the regional groundnut value chain. The Trade Hub has implemented various strategic activities in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia to combat aflatoxin, improve the safety of groundnuts and groundnut products for domestic consumption, and increase the competitiveness of groundnuts in export markets.

Photo: USAID/Mozambique Mission Director Alex Dickie (right) and the Trade Hub's Brian McCotter in MaputoOn November 19, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized a year-end stakeholder meeting on the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) at the USAID Mission in Maputo, Mozambique facilitated by the Banco Oportunidad de Mozambique (BOM) and hosted in conjunction with Amanda Fong and John Irons of USAID/Mozambique.

The Trade Hub’s Osadi Kebasitile and Solidaridad Mozambique Country Programme Manager Francisco Nhanale signing the grant close-out documentsIn November 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub closed out its strategic partnership grant (SPG) to non-profit organization Solidaridad, having achieved its goal of directly benefiting thousands of farmer families in the low-income rural areas of Mozambique’s Manica province.

Trade Hub videographer Steve McDonald shooting the ETG Warehouse in Chimoio, MozambiqueFrom 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.

Grain dams at the ECA/Cargill site in Catandica, MozambiqueIn preparation for the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) stakeholder meeting organized by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and hosted by the USAID/Mozambique Mission on November 19, 2015, Trade Hub Chief of Party Greg Maassen held discussions with leading partners and service providers including AppSolve, Cargill, and CLUSA in Maputo. 

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) Chief Executive Officer Prince Kapondamgaga and Trade Hub Director of Agriculture Gerrit Struyf in Lilongwe, MalawiUSAID’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.

Peacock in Malawi produces a drought-resistant maize seed through a USAID Strategic Partnership Grant In November 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub completed a set of officially branded Feed the Future (FTF) project videos. Feed the Future is the US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.

NASFAM Commercial Manager Alexander Chikapula (far right) shows the USAID delegation around the NASFAM warehouse in LilongweOn 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.

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