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

Groundnut quality control sorters at Afri-nut in Lilongwe, MalawiSpecialists from the SA Trade Hub, in conjunction with local partner INVC, trained over 200 farmers in Aflatoxin management in the Dedza District of Malawi. The field-based training targeted farmer leaders who will now be able to serve as farmer trainers in best practices in Aflatoxin mitigation and management for the roughly 10,000 smallholder farmers in Dedza. 

Farmer shows off WR received from the ETG in Chimoio, MozambiqueSA Trade Hub Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) specialists were recently in Chimoio, Mozambique to provide extension training to donor organizations including: CLUSA, TECHNOSERVE, and GAPI on the fundamentals of the Warehouse Receipt System pilot development. 

COP Gregory Maassen meeting with the Director of Valid Nutrition in Lilongwe, Malawi The SA Trade Hub Communications Team is in the process of developing and producing a number of video products designed to capture the USAID program’s five years of diverse, market-oriented activities and influence.

Photo: COMACO worker taking product to the packaging lineThrough a strategic partnership grant leveraging the technology and expertise of South African company Ammtech, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting the upgrade of COMACO’s peanut butter processing plant in Zambia. Over the past few weeks, Ammtech has been on location with COMACO to install and commission new equipment, transferring the skills needed to maintain and operate the improved technology. 

Photo: Harvested seed from a seed multiplication field drying in the sunUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is assisting the Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) in Zambia to develop a new data management system which will enable seed companies to register seed growers online and receive their licenses by email from SCCI, improving the speed of registration and application. The system has been finalized and is being reviewed by the Trade Hub in preparation for its launch in August 2015.

Photo: Farmers offload 2.5 tons of maize at the ECA/Cargill warehouse for safe storage using warehouse receiptsOn July 7, 2015, Strategic Partnership Grantee Cargill/ECA Mozambique accepted delivery of 2.5 tons of maize at its Catandica warehouse against three warehouse receipts. Since May 2015, when the first ever warehouse receipt was issued online at the Catandica site as a result of support from USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub, word has spread to farmers and traders about the access to safe storage and finance offered by the warehouse receipt system.

Photo: Trade Hub Expert Andrew Emmott making his presentationFrom July 8-9, 2015, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub held a training and learning workshop with 25 key groundnut supply chain actors in Mozambique to develop a pilot in-shell groundnut trading model that will reduce post-harvest aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts. Presently, over 60% of contamination happens at the farm gate level due to poor post-harvest handling.

First Term Sheet Malawi ASIF

Since 2013, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been promoting a strategy to support investments into regional agricultural warehousing through an Agricultural Storage Investment Facility (ASIF) with initial focus in Malawi and subsequently Zambia. ASIF is designed to provide broad-based access to storage, finance, and markets that will directly benefit smallholder farmers in these Feed-the-Future countries.

The Trade Hub in a strategy session at IT service provider headquarters in Johannesburg to ensure preparations are in place for WRS in Zambia to be operational by August 2015 USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been working to launch a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) in Zambia. The Warehouse Receipts System will enable farmers to access finance by depositing their crop in a certified warehouse and receiving a receipt.

The new Vetlab logo depicts the partnership between Deltamune SA and Vetlab Zambia to establish a quality service provider for the Zambian agricultural industryUSAID Southern Africa Trade Hub partner, Deltamune SA, launched a new brand and logo for the recently upgraded Vetlab laboratory service in Lusaka, Zambia, on June 11, 2015. Detamune SA acquired a majority stake in the Vetlab laboratory service in December 2014.

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