USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is conducting gender research and training for Ammtech/COMACO, a strategic partnership grantee, to support the Trade Hub’s goal of integrating gender into the policies and procedures of grantee organizations. Semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and questionnaires are all being employed to identify factors constraining women’s participation in grant activities and reveal gender dynamics in Zambia and the COMACO groundnut value chain.
As part of the USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub’s Strategic Partnership Grant to restore soil composition and fertility and livelihood enhancement through crop rotation in Manica Province, Mozambique, the Trade Hub hosted a four-day Gender Training Workshop for farmers engaged in grant implementation.
The Trade Hub’s agricultural activities are driven by USAID’s Feed-the-Future Strategy and focus on intra-regional trade in the targeted value chains of maize, soybeans, and groundnuts. Primary support is directed to the Feed-the-Future focal countries within the region (Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia) with special emphasis on en-couraging investment and technology transfer from South African organizations in line with USAID’s Strategic Partner-ship with South Africa. The Trade Hub supports initiatives that improve trade in targeted agricultural commodities and improve food security, including:
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