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

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On September 3, 2020, the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub hosted an online food safety certification training session for USAID TradeHub supported firms, trade and investment promotion agencies (TIPAs), and business membership organizations (BMOs). The training session, attended by 37 participants, covered certification and training solutions aimed at small- and medium-sized enterprises within the food supply chain. Food safety certification is a key requirement for firms seeking to access markets in South Africa and the United States. Attendees learned about the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP), Global Good Agricultural Practice (Global G.A.P.), and British Retail Consortium (BRC) certifications. A recording of the session will be uploaded to the USAID TradeHub website and shared with TIPAs, BMOs, and firms throughout the region, including those that attended the session. Attendees included representatives from the Botswana-based Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat; the Eswatini Ministry of Agriculture; the Mozambique Agricultural Research Institute (IIAM); the National Agricultural Marketing Board (NAMBoard) of Eswatini; the Women's Entrepreneurship Access Center (WEAC) of Zambia; the Women in Business Association (WIBA) of Botswana; as well as several USAID TradeHub-supported firms, such as Moringa Technology Industry of Botswana, Mzuzu Coffee of Malawi, Thantwe Farms of Malawi, Dream Agrobusiness of Mozambique, Limpho Produtos of Mozambique, Mozambique Good Trade, Seba Foods of Zambia, and Export Trading Group (ETG) of Zambia. Improving export firms’ knowledge of food safety certification is one of the ways in which the USAID TradeHub is advancing its objective of increasing exports from the region to South Africa and to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

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