USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub works to enhance economic growth and food security in southern Africa through trade. The efforts of the Trade Hub have been recognized with awards and certificates of appreciation from the following partners in the region.

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.

The Trade Hub was one of five awardees selected by the Oracle Award Board in San Francisco. Maureen Grosvenor, Chief Strategy Officer for APPSolve, the Trade Hub’s Oracle Vendor in South Africa, attended the conference and accepted the awardOn October 28, 2015 at Oracle’s Annual OpenWorld Conference, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub received the prestigious Oracle Sustainable Innovation Award 2015 for its Warehouse Receipts System IT programs piloted in Zambia and Mozambique. The award is given to companies and organizations applying technology to support sustainability and concerted efforts to improve the livelihoods of others.
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His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia, hands over the award to the Trade Hub’s Director of Agriculture Gerrit Struyf, with the President of ZNFU and the World Farmers Organization Dr. Evelyn Nguleka

On October 15, 2015, the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) honored USAID with an award at ZNFU’s 110th Annual Congress in Lusaka, Zambia. The award was made by ZNFU in recognition of USAID’s successful efforts to develop a Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) for Zambia. The award itself was presented to the Trade Hub by His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the President of the Republic of Zambia.

oracle logoThe prestigious Oracle Sustainable Innovation Award 2015 is being awarded to USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub as a result of the Warehouse Receipts System IT programs in Zambia and Mozambique. The Trade Hub is one of five awardees this year (including CISCO) as selected by a voting board at Oracle in San Francisco.

Felix Dumbe, Founder and President of Peacock Seeds, holding Peacock’s CYMMIT award at Peacock headquarters in Lilongwe, MalawiDuring the week of August 10, 2015, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CYMMIT) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) awarded the second prize to a seed variety developed and distributed through a USAID Southern Africa Strategic Partnership Grant.

Sera awardOn January 21, 2015, the Swaziland Energy Regulatory Authority (SERA) presented USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub with an award for technical assistance provided by the Trade Hub to SERA, which has included a review of the Electricity Cost of Supply Study, development of Swaziland’s electricity Grid Code, and related capacity building.

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