• Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub
    Introducing the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works with partners in eight SADC countries to facilitate trade, modernize customs, and improve
    food security.

  • Developing Regional Value Chains
    Developing Regional Value Chains

    The Trade Hub supports the Source Africa and Origin Africa textile and apparel trade shows to improve manufacturers' quality exports within the region and to the US and Europe.

  • Introducing New Standards
    Introducing New Standards

    In close partnership with national standards agencies and ANSI, USAID is preparing countries with the implementation of the WTO Technical Barriers to
    Trade requirements.

  • Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards
    Promoting Food Safety and Hygiene Standards

    The Trade Hub and thousands of smallholder farmers are introducing new safety and hygiene standards to improve the
    quality of groundnuts.

  • Reducing Border Crossing Times
    Reducing Border Crossing Times

    By modernizing border crossing procedures, the Trade Hub and its partners have been able to reduce border crossing times substantially at the Mwanza, Songwe, Kasumbalesa and Nakonde border posts.

  • Source Africa

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in Southern Africa through trade. READ MORE.

Partnership AwardUSAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub has been awarded the Partnership of the Year Award by the USAID Center for Transformational Partnerships for its work with COMACO in Zambia.

COMACO’s “It’s Wild!” brand of food products uses all natural raw ingredients produced by a large network of smallholder farmers. The farmers are paid a premium price for their crops as a reward for adopting sustainable agricultural practices to conserve and restore ecosystems and wildlife.

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, the Trade Hub provided COMACO with new equipment to enhance the efficiency and output of the “It’s Wild” brand peanut butter production. COMACO has increased peanut butter output threefold since the addition of the new processing equipment – allowing it to respond to demand in the local and regional markets.

The Trade Hub is also supporting COMACO to achieve Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) compliant status for its peanut butter production to allow it to access regional export markets.

Photo: USAID Southern Africa Private Sector Specialist and Field Investment Officer Allan Hackner receives the award on behalf of USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub from co-hosts Chris Jurgens, Head of Global Partnerships, and Kathy Hunt, Senior Partnerships Alliance Officer

 

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