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This folder contains the success stories of the Trade Hub.

pdf AFGRI Success Story - Increasing Storage to Improve Lives Popular

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Small farmers in rural Zambia face many hardships when attempt-ing to sell their grain. Long distances to market, non-competitive pricing and the lack of immediate payment hinder farmer incomes and dampen food security in the country.

pdf Aflatoxin Training Success Story - Fighting Aflatoxin on the Home Front Popular

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Groundnuts (peanuts) are an important agricultural commodity in Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique. However, high levels of afla-toxina carcinogenic mold that can develop during production limit their market, trade, and nutritional value. Relatively simple changes in post-harvest handling can help reduce aflatoxin, especially those related to prompt storage and moisture control. 

pdf Agritech Expo Success Story - Planting the Seeds of Prosperity Popular

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Agritech-Expo Success Story.pdf

In April 2014, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub supported Agritech Expo, Zambia’s first outdoor agricultural event servicing the needs of the entire agricultural value chain. Over 8,000 partic-ipants—including suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, agents and service providers—attended the event at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba where the latest agricultural technology and farming solutions were showcased to farmers throughout the re-gion in partnership with the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU).

pdf Before After Jungle Beat Success Story Popular

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Before After_ Jungle Beat Success Story.pdf

Peanuts (known locally as “groundnuts”) are a strategic crop for improving small farmer incomes and food security in sub-Saharan Africa. However, a barrier to trade is contamination with aflatoxin, a carcinogenic mold that contributes to chronic health problems and food insecurity. 

pdf Botswana Point Based System Success Story - Immigration Reforms Make Botswana More Attractive to Investors Popular

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Botswana Point Based System Success Story.pdf

On February 1, 2013, Botswana lowered the cut-off point for new work and residence permits from 75% to 60% and to 50% for renewal applications in response to requests from the private sector. This makes the points-based system (PBS) for permits more responsive to the needs of prospec-tive investors to be able to mobilize skills and experience not already available in the country. 

pdf Capstone Seeds Success Story - Bringing Better Seed to Malawi Popular

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Capstone Seeds Success Story.pdf

The USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub provided a grant to Capstone Seeds SA (PTY) to accelerate commercial access to drought-tolerant hybrid maize seed in Malawi.

The grant not only supported the production of 80 metric tons of new hybrid seed in Malawi, but also paired independent seed companies in South Africa and Malawi to bring new seed products to the market effectively.

pdf Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Programme - Creating the Blueprint for Good Trade Popular

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CTFP_Success Story.pdf

Improving the trading conditions and efficiency of even one country is an ambitious undertaking: doing so simultaneously with all neighboring countries so that trade procedures are harmonized, unified, and consistent throughout the region is even more difficult. 

pdf Grain Management Training Success Story - Making the Grade: USAID Training Program Protects Crops Popular

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Grain Management Training Success Story.pdf

The USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub is partnering with local organizations in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique to address significant post harvest losses with a series of grain management trainings. The trainings cover grain grading and standards, storage management and pest prevention.

pdf Joyce Madimabe Success Story - The Story Behind the Face of the Trade Hub Popular

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Joyce Madimabe Success Story.pdf

From cleaner to receptionist to star-award recipient, Joyce Madimabe’s journey at the Trade Hub reads like a workplace-Cinderella tale for any woman who has ever felt limited by her lack of education or professional skills.

Instead of a prince, Joyce relied on her own personal drive and desire to learn. In place of a fairy godmother, Joyce had a cadre of female Trade Hub employees as mentors.

pdf Jungle Beat Success Story - USAID Grants Accelerate Peanut Trade from Zambia Popular

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Jungle Beat Success Story.pdf

With the equipment, seed and market linkages facilitated through the Strategic Partnership grant, Jungle Beat is now capable of cleaning, sorting and grading four tons of groundnuts per hour at the Lusaka factory—enough for Jungle Beat to increase its purchase of groundnuts from small-scale farmers by up to 10,000 tons per season.

As a result of the grant, Jungle Beat sourced a $1.8 million USD working capital loan from a local bank (with support from the USAID DCA) to increase purchases from 2,700 metric tons in the previous year to an estimated 7,000 metric tons.

pdf Nakonde Border Success Story - Faster Border Crossings for Better Trade Popular

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Nakonde Border Success Story.pdf

In September 2013, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub conducted its third assessment of the efficiency of border operations at the Nakonde border post between Zambia and Tanzania, revealing a further reduction in border crossing times.

pdf National Enquiry Point Success Story - Improving Investment Climate with an Innovative Tool Popular

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National Enquiry Point Success Story.pdf

Standards and technical regulations are critical to global trade, but keeping up with varied standards is complicated, especially in southern Africa where few harmonized standards exist. A National Enquiry Point (NEP) helps by offering a single contact point to which requests for information on standards and regulations can be made. 

pdf NWK Success Story - Improving Food Security in Africa Popular

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NWK Success Story.pdf

Through a Strategic Partnership Grant, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting the expansion of private sector investment into commodity crops to improve food security in the region. The pilot program involves South African company NWK, which is introducing soybeans into its existing cotton outgrower network in Zambia as a secondary commercial crop.

pdf Six NEPs - Streamlining Trade Across Southern Africa Popular

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Six NEPs_Success Story.pdf

In just twelve months, six southern African countries have launched National Enquiry Points to improve trade and the ease of doing business.   

pdf Solar Photovoltaics Success Story - Preparing Zambia for Clean Power Popular

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Solar Photovoltaics Success Story.pdf

To help Zambia achieve its renewable energy goals, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is working with the Department of Energy through the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development (MMEWD) to develop policies that will encourage investment in clean energy sources.

pdf Solar Power Success Story - Southern African Countries Shine Popular

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Solar Power Success Story.pdf

In partnership with the US Em bassy in Botswana, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub sponsored eight renewable energy companies from Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia to attend the Solar Power International Conference and Exhibition September 10-14, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

pdf Source Africa 2013 Success Story - Boosting Textiles & Apparel in Southern Africa Popular

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Source Africa 2013 Success Story.pdf

With 1,401 participants, 170 exhibitors and 36 buyers from local and international retailers, Source Africa 2013 demonstrated what can be achieved when USAID’s regional textile and apparel experts join forces with private enterprise in Southern Africa to boost regional industry.

pdf Source Africa 2014 Success Story - Source Africa Stitches Up Another Success Popular

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2014_07 Source Africa 2014 Success Story.pdf

Source Africa 2014 took place June 18-20 in Cape Town, South Africa, supported by USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub and val-ued partners LTE, the American Apparel and Footwear Associa-tion, and the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation. The pan-African Textiles and Apparel trade show drew 1,185 visitors, up 25% from last year’s inaugural event. 

pdf SPS Strategies - Ensuring Food Safety & Plant Health Popular

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SPS Strategies_ Success Story.pdf

On August 4, 2015, senior staff of the Southern African De-velopment Community (SADC), government officials from the United States Embassy Botswana, USAID, and the Southern Africa Trade Hub gathered at the SADC Secretar-iat in Gaborone, Botswana for a ceremony to celebrate the handover of the completed Regional Sanitary and Phytosan-itary (SPS) Strategies for Food Safety, Plant and Animal Health. 

pdf Streamlining Trade Across Southern Africa Popular

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Six NEPs_Success Story Trade Hub.pdf

In just twelve months, six southern African countries have launched National Enquiry Points to improve trade and the ease of doing business. With USAID’s support, southern Africa now has a network of top-quality, effective National Enquiry Points (NEPs) in Malawi, Lesotho, Zambia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. 

pdf Suppliers Training Success Story - USAID Helps Southern Africa Companies Get Ready for the Show Popular

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Suppliers Training Success Story.pdf

Hundreds of visitors streamed through the doors at Source Africa, the first pan-African Textiles and Apparel trade show of its kind. In addition to attracting buyers from around the world to the event, the Trade Hub worked closely with local partners to maximize the participation and success of suppliers.

pdf Swaziland Grid Code Success Story - Plugging in the Power Producers Popular

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Swaziland Grid Code Success Story.pdf

Swaziland, Africa faces the same energy challenges as many other countries in southern Africa: unreliable electricity supply and an increasing power deficit. Only 20 percent of Swaziland’s maximum demand is met through the country’s own hydro and biomass co-generation efforts. The remain-ing 80 percent must be imported from neighboring South Af-rica and Mozambique. 

pdf Swaziland Investor Roadmap Success Story - USAID Support Improves Investment Climate in Swaziland Popular

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Swaziland Investor Roadmap Success Story.pdf

In June 2013, USAID assessed progress on the implementation of the investor roadmap, a series of recommendations to improve the business climate in the country. The audit revealed that as a result of the interventions from USAID and the Swaziland Investment Promotion Agency (SIPA), a number of important reforms have been achieved.

pdf Trade Information Enquiry Point Success Story - African Delegation Visits U.S. Popular

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TBT Enquiry Point Success Story.pdf

The Trade Hub, in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute, organized a five-day benchmarking mission to the United States with a delegation of eight officials from the national standards organizations of Lesotho, Malawi and Zambia.

The trip was designed to give the delegates an up-close, comprehensive understanding of the functioning of an Enquiry Point and Notification Authority as they prepare to launch similar initiatives in their own countries.

pdf Warehouse Receipts System - Storing Up for a Better Future Popular

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Warehouse Receipts System_Success Story.pdf

At the end of every harvest season in Southern Africa, the market is flooded with grain as crops such as maize, soy, and peanuts are supplied at peak levels. Prices are at their lowest of the year, but farmers usually have to sell since they lack secure storage and need cash to buy supplies.


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