• Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub
    Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works with partners in eight SADC countries to facilitate trade, modernize customs, and improve
    food security.

  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

Felix Dumbe, Founder and President of Peacock Seeds, holding Peacock’s CYMMIT award at Peacock headquarters in Lilongwe, MalawiDuring the week of August 10, 2015, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) awarded the second prize to a seed variety developed and distributed through a USAID Southern Africa Strategic Partnership Grant.

The Trade Hub supported CAP9001, a drought-tolerant maize seed, through a grant for technology transfer with Capstone Seeds of South Africa. Almost 60,000 smallholder farmers received the quality seed last season in 5kg packets and immediately realized the benefits of the improved seed due to the nationwide drought that plagued Malawi during the season.

Two other Peacock seeds were awarded first and third prizes, as Peacock swept the top awards and outperformed companies from the entire SADC region, including much larger multinational operations. CAP9001’s drought-resistant properties and the company’s increased visibility have increased demand for the product, and Peacock will continue to distribute the seed in coming seasons. Peacock is now selling seed back to Capstone Seeds in South Africa, as well as exporting to other countries in the region such as Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia.

Photo: Felix Dumbe, Founder and President of Peacock Seeds, holding Peacock’s CYMMIT award at Peacock headquarters in Lilongwe, Malawi
 

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