The USAID Strategic Partnership Grant to Central African Seed Services (CASS) enabled Jungle Beat to obtain custom-made new cleaning, sorting, and grading equipment.
CASS further assisted Jungle Beat to access markets for their groundnuts in South Africa through active marketing, benefiting around 29,000 smallholder farmers in Zambia.
Due to domestic market issues, groundnut production in South Africa has declined significantly in the last ten years. With its ideal climate and traditional knowledge of groundnuts, Zambia could make up South Africa’s shortfall all on its own. But due to high levels of aflatoxin contamination, many markets have been closed to Zambian groundnuts and the hundreds of thousands of households that grow them.