Last week the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub grants team visited four Strategic Partnership Grant (SPG) activity sites in Mozambique, including Intertek, Cargill, ETG, and Solidaridad.
The Trade Hub visited Intertek Mozambique in Beira, who through an SPG is establishing aflatoxin testing capabilities. Commissioning of aflatoxin testing equipment is set to take place this month as well as the training of technicians to operate and maintain the equipment. Through quality certification, smallholder farmers will be able to receive a better price for their groundnuts, making it easy to recuperate the cost of testing. Ultimately, the grant will facilitate Intertek’s ISO 17025 accreditation, making it the first non-government, non-university accredited lab in Mozambique.
In Catandica, the grant team joined the USAID Southern Africa site visit to Cargill to witness the first-ever warehouse receipt issued and observe Cargill’s upgraded facility.
In Chimoio the Trade Hub spent time visiting the new ETG warehouse location, which a Trade Hub grant is assisting to upgrade. The new warehouse will store 5,000-6,000 tons. To assist in streamlining ETG’s intake procedures, the Trade Hub assisted with a weighbridge, which will be installed this month. The Trade Hub is also working with ETG through the WRS Pilot Project to establish the same system as Cargill.
The Trade Hub joined grantee Solidaridad in traveling to a rural farming community outside Catandica to see firsthand one of the 100 farmer groups being supported through the SPG. Solidaridad is working with farming groups such as these to promote crop rotation, introduce seed multiplication, and introduce crops that can provide subsistence to the community as well as be sold for profit.
Photos (clockwise from top left): 1) Through the Trade Hub grant, Intertek is training technicians to operate and maintain the aflatoxin testing equipment; 2) Cargill workers filling up bags with maize which was dried traditionally – the dryer procured through the grant will enable Cargill to dry 14 tons of maize per hour, significantly increasing efficiency; 3) The new ETG warehouse location in Chimoio that is being upgraded through the Trade Hub grant; 4) John Mutanga (right) farmer trainer, trained through the Solidaridad grant, passing on his knowledge on Aflatoxin reduction techniques to fellow small farmers in Nhambassa.