• 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.

His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia, hands over the award to the Trade Hub’s Director of Agriculture Gerrit Struyf, with the President of ZNFU and the World Farmers Organization Dr. Evelyn Nguleka

On October 15, 2015, the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) honored USAID with an award at ZNFU’s 110th Annual Congress in Lusaka, Zambia. The award was made by ZNFU in recognition of USAID’s successful efforts to develop a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) for Zambia. The award itself was presented to the Trade Hub by His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia.

Following years of work and preparation, the first warehouse receipt in Zambia was issued on September 16, 2015. The Warehouse Receipts System allows farmers to store grain in accredited warehouses and sell when prices are favorable, using their warehouse receipt as collateral for new seed and other expenses in the meantime. WRS is now seen as one of the most important tools for making agricultural finance and safe storage available to the small-scale farmers of Zambia.

Photo: His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia, hands over the award to the Trade Hub’s Director of Agriculture Gerrit Struyf, with the President of ZNFU and the World Farmers Organization Dr. Evelyn Nguleka.
 

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