SAGL LogoIn coordination with Southern African Grain Laboratories (SAGL), USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored an intensive ten-day training and certification course ending on July 31, 2015 for selected technicians from Malawi and Zambia.

The first half of the course covered the procedures and standards required for ISO 17025 accreditation for Agricultural Laboratories, and the second phase trained technicians on grading, analyses, and chemical testing procedures for maize, soy, and groundnuts.

The course is the first of its kind in Africa and was designed to transfer skills and technical understanding from South Africa to the Feed-the-Future (FtF) countries of Malawi and Zambia. The curriculum for the training was specially created by SAGL to incorporate the results of an eight-lab assessment survey completed in April and May of this year that identified crucial needs and typical laboratory conditions in the FtF countries.


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