May 19, 2014: Nature Seychelles in collaboration with Black Pearl Farm Ltd is beginning a project to restore giant clams in the waters of Praslin, where aquaculture-raised giant clams (Tridacna maxima) will be translocated. Roald and Kari Nilsen of Black Pearl Farm will donate 120 aquaculture-raised giant clams for re-introduction into the wild. The Nature Seychelles' Reef Rescuers project previously translocated 30 clams from Black Pearl Farm as an experimental pilot program. It forms part of the USAID-funded coral reef restoration project.
The Office of Food for Peace in USAID’s Bureau’s for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance is the largest provider of food assistance in the world. FFP annually provides close to $2 billion of food assistance, including in-kind Title II food assistance.
USAID grant strengthens an important private sector partner to improve farmer incomes in Zambia
Strategic Partnership Grants
The grant to AFGRI is part of USAID’s Strategic Partnership Grant (SPG) Program, which encourages private sector investment from South African organizations into the Feed-the-Future focus countries of Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia starting with the maize, soy and groundnut value chains. The objectives of the SPG are to:
- Improve regional food security though increased private sector investment in agriculture
- Accelerate the transfer of improved production (includ-ing inputs), processing, storage, and marketing technologies to actors within the maize, soy and ground-nut value chains
- Expand and improve part-nerships between South African and regional companies and organizations
Officials from three Southern African countries traveled to the U.S. to learn about an Enquiry Point to enhance trade
The benchmarking mission was co-sponsored by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. as part of USAID’s Partnership for Trade Facilitation Standards Alliance technical assistance. NIST is the federal technology agency that works with US industry to develop and apply technology, measurements and standards, while ANSI is the voice of the US standards and conformity assessment system. Worldwide standards are central to the development and commercialization of new technologies as well as the facilitation of regional and international trade. Over 80% of world merchandise trade is affected by standards.
Last updated: March 19, 2015