Working closely with local partners, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub brought a solution to the Feed-the-Future countries of Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. The Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) allows farmers to store grain in accredited, secure warehouses and sell their harvest when prices are favorable, using their warehouse receipt to access finance for new seed and other expenses in the meantime.  Read More.
The USAID Strategic Partnership Grant to Central African Seed Services (CASS) enabled Jungle Beat to obtain custom-made new cleaning, sorting, and grading equipment.

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.

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Capstone, an independent South African seed company, entered into a joint venture with Peacock Enterprises Ltd of Malawi to multiply and market "CAP9001."

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub is helping to improve peanut butter production and to conserve wildlife through groundnut cultivation with smallholder farmers in Zambia.

USAID's Southern Africa 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. 

Following on its work with the Agricultural Commodity Exchange in Malawi to set up a successful Warehouse Receipt System (WRS), with finance by a commercial bank, the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub commissioned an investigation on the feasibility of and interest in setting up an Agricultural Storage Investment Fund (ASIF) for Malawi.

Explore the challenges facing female cross-border traders as they successfully navigate customs at the Kazungula border crossing between Zambia and Botswana. Informal cross-border trade led by women trade plays a significant economic role across Southern Africa.

Quality and safety services company Intertek recently established an Agricultural Testing Laboratory in Beira, Mozambique for chemical and microbiological testing. 

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub partnered with the Export Trading Group (ETG) to help ETG establish a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) on four selected warehouse sites in Mozambique.

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Zhauns (Pty) Ltd is providing the necessary technology, equipment, and training for Lumono Organic Farms to upgrade its processing capacity and develop its chili sauce for export. 

Environmental degradation and soil loss is responsible for reducing productivity and yields of staple foods in the Manica province of Mozambique. 

As part of a Strategic Partnership Grant with USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, Cargill has partnered with Empresa de Comercialização Agrícola Ltd (ECA) in Mozambique to create market linkages for smallholder farmers living in rural Africa.

At the end of every harvest season in Southern Africa, the market is flooded with grain as crops such as maize, soy, and peanuts are supplied at peak levels. Prices are at their lowest of the year, but farmers usually have to sell since they lack secure storage and need cash to buy supplies.

Janet Labuda, VP Compliance at Vandegrift Forwarding, discusses the competitiveness of African Textile and Apparel in the face of a decline of attractiveness of Asia, at Source Africa 2015.

Gail Strickler, Assistant US Trade Representative, highlights the immense opportunities created by the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for duty free access to the massive US market for African textile and apparel producers.

Luqy Manufacturing, a local, woman-owned apparel factory from the African country of Lesotho whose employees are 80% women, exhibited their product at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas and at Source Africa 2015 in Cape Town as a result of support from USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub.

USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub - Mark Neuman Global Trade Advisor at MGF Sourcing on textile and apparel sourcing possibilities in Southern Africa.

Rosa Whitaker, President of the Whitaker Group, discusses the opportunities for apparel exports to the US for African manufacturers offered under AGOA, at Source Africa 2015.

Avedis Seferian, CEO/President of WRAP Compliance discusses the importance of social compliance in textile and apparel production.

The third annual Source Africa textiles and apparel trade show event took place in Cape Town, South Africa from June 9-11, 2015. USAID's Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored the event, working in collaboration with the US Consulate in Cape Town and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). 


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