Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub worked with Vetlab provide the first private ISO17025 accredited grain and oil seed laboratory service, including aflatoxin testing, in Zambia.
This creates first laboratory accredited with these services within SADC outside South Africa. Independent laboratory services are an important link in the regional agricultural value chains, enabling commodities exchanges to sustain reputable standards through which traders and buyers can settle disputes and arbitrate variances. The new laboratory services also encourage foreign investment and enable forward supply contracts to be secured through the exchange.