The Trade Hub’s agricultural activities are driven by USAID’s Feed the Future Strategy and focus on intra-regional trade in targeted value chains: maize, soybeans and groundnuts. Primary support is directed to the Feed the Future focal countries within the region (Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia) with special emphasis on encouraging investment and technology transfer from South African organizations in line with USAID’s Strategic Partnership with South Africa. The Trade Hub supports initiatives that improve trade in targeted agricultural commodities and improve food security.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub awarded a US$65,000 grant to Intertek SA to establish a facility to test for aflatoxin and other mycotoxins in Beira, Mozambique. Intertek provided the balance required to establish a state-of-the art laboratory testing facility in Mozambique, which is now open for business.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee based in Chipata, Zambia to identify gender patterns, power dynamics, gender roles, rights, and opportunities related to COMACO beneficiaries (farmers) in the Nzamane, Mpenzeni, and Mbangombe cooperatives.
From November 22 to December 16, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender research and training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee based in Chipata, Zambia to support the Trade Hub’s goal of integrating gender into the policies and procedures of grantee organizations.
During the week of November 23, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub began an impact assessment of the project’s interventions in the regional groundnut value chain. The Trade Hub has implemented various strategic activities in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia to combat aflatoxin, improve the safety of groundnuts and groundnut products for domestic consumption, and increase the competitiveness of groundnuts in export markets.
On November 19, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized a year-end stakeholder meeting on the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) at the USAID Mission in Maputo, Mozambique facilitated by the Banco Oportunidad de Mozambique (BOM) and hosted in conjunction with Amanda Fong and John Irons of USAID/Mozambique.
In November 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub closed out its strategic partnership grant (SPG) to non-profit organization Solidaridad, having achieved its goal of directly benefiting thousands of farmer families in the low-income rural areas of Mozambique’s Manica province.
From November 15-20, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub traveled to Beira, Chimoio, and Catandica in Mozambique to conduct site visits and interview partners and beneficiaries. The visit was designed to capture the impact of the Trade Hub’s technical assistance and strategic partnership grants with a series of short videos.
In preparation for the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) stakeholder meeting organized by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and hosted by the USAID/Mozambique Mission on November 19, 2015, Trade Hub Chief of Party Greg Maassen held discussions with leading partners and service providers including AppSolve, Cargill, and CLUSA in Maputo.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting Malawi’s efforts to devise a Seed Bill that is fully aligned with regional harmonization processes and provides clarity for industry on key issues affecting registration, certification, and labeling protocols.
In November 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub completed a set of officially branded Feed the Future (FTF) project videos. Feed the Future is the US Government’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative.