The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub boosts trade and investment with and within Southern Africa.

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The USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub has linked the Eswatini Water and Agricultural Development Enterprise (ESWADE) with South Africa-based U Can Grow Africa (UCGA). UCGA is striving to bring together investors, grant funding, and financiers linked to off-take agreements for food and carbon credits. The aim is to establish a financing facility for impact-driven agricultural investments across Southern Africa. UCGA seeks to support ESWADE-supported companies to export to South Africa and other export destinations by providing blended funding, training, and traceability models to unlock the potential growth of new and regenerative agricultural programs. The focus will be on complementary high-value and rotational crops, which target global consumers concerned with the ethical use of pesticides. The USAID TradeHub arranged a September 11, 2020 meeting between ESWADE and U Can Grow Africa, which has spurred ongoing talks between the two organizations. Facilitating investment in ESWADE forms part of the USAID TradeHub’s objective of increasing investment from South Africa to targeted Southern African countries.

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