Under the grant, a groundnut dryer, groundnut sheller, three sorting and picking belts, an optical (color) sorterThe Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to Vermeulen/Aandele Trust was closed out at the end of January 2016. During closeout, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub learned that the supply partnerships forged during the grant between Vermeulen/Aandele Trust and other grantees—Valid Nutrition Malawi and Jungle Beat in Zambia—will continue into the foreseeable future.

The objective of the grant to Vermeulen/Aandele Trust was to increase the regional marketability of Malawian soy and groundnuts by improving their quality, with the hopes that increased market access would lead to higher prices paid to Malawian small-scale farmers.

Links provided by the Trade Hub within Malawi and with other SADC countries have opened new opportunities not anticipated at the beginning of the strategic partnership. Vermeulen/Aandele Trust began supplying Jungle Beat in Zambia and Valid Nutrition’s Ready to Use Complementary Food product line in Malawi after their new color sorter enabled them to meet market specifications for aflatoxin.

Photo: Under the grant, a groundnut dryer, groundnut sheller, three sorting and picking belts, an optical (color) sorter, and a polisher for cleaning in-shell groundnuts were installed at the Lilongwe plant