At the end of January 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub reviewed a technical report assessing aflatoxin management awareness and mitigation strategies implemented by the Trade Hub over the past five years.
On January 22, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub collaborated with the Zambian Agricultural Commodities Exchange (ZAMACE) to host a stakeholder workshop and review a recent report that assessed grading and harmonization standards for grains and oilseeds in Zambia.
On January 27, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub organized and hosted a meeting of Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS) senior managers and directors from other government agencies who are to be involved in implementation of the National Single Window (NSW) and members of the NSW Project Management Unit (PMU).
From January 20-21, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub participated in a SADC Workshop on “Food Safety Awareness Creation” in Lusaka, Zambia. The goal of the workshop was to contribute to improved intra-regional and international trade in food and agricultural products through the implementation of the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) Annex to the SADC Protocol on Trade.
During the week of January 24-29, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with leading energy sector stakeholders, conducted interviews, visited renewable energy sites, and took video footage throughout Lusaka. The initiative is designed to support better public understanding of clean energy resources and promote investor interest in renewable energy opportunities in Zambia.
During the third week of January 2016, grain specialists from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub facilitated a stakeholders’ workshop in Malawi on the Harmonization of National Grading Standards for the country.
USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been supporting Agricultural Storage Investment Facilities (ASIF) to facilitate investment into warehousing across the region. As part of the ASIF initiative, the Trade Hub reached out to leading international technical agencies specializing in training on warehousing, warehouse receipt finance, and commodity exchanges, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the lead of the United Nations with responsibility for agriculture and food security.
During the week of January 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub met with Jennifer Cupp, the USAID Digital Content and Engagement Lead for Feed the Future (FtF) Programs, in Washington, DC to review and deliver a set of the recently completed Southern Africa Trade Hub videos that have been officially Feed the Future co-branded with USAID.
During the week of January 18, 2016, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub started work to complete two priority areas of technical assistance to the Botswana United Revenue Service (BURS).
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