The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.
The Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub) is supporting Zambian avocado growers to access regional and international markets for avocados. An essential aspect of market access relates to complying with phytosanitary requirements of the importing country. The Avocado Growers Association of Zambia (AGAZ, 2017) estimates that local farmers are well placed to produce more than 40,000 metric tons of avocados per annum to meet the growing demand in South Africa as well as to supply the regional market.
The Trade and Investment Hub, joined by the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USAID, the South Africa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and TRALAC (Trade Law Center), contributed to a successful African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum and networking event organized by WESGRO, the provincial tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for the Western Cape, in Cape Town, South Africa.
USAID/Southern Africa Mission Director John Groarke, Regional Economic Growth Office (REGO) Director Thomas Rojas, Agriculture and Trade Advisor Takele Tassew, Trade and Investment Hub Activity Manager for Malawi Eluphy Nyirenda, and Feed the Future Agricultural Diversification Project (Ag Div) COR John Macy, joined by representatives from the Trade and Investment Hub, recently conducted field visits in Lilongwe, Malawi, to Hub partner companies and organizations.