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.
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
View a video regarding the Limpopo River Basin by the Inter Press Service News Agency, featuring an interview with USAID RESILIM Chief of Party and Outreach and Communication Specialist.
Cheryl Anderson was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Southern Africa. In this capacity, she will oversee USAID’s regional activities in the Southern Africa region, country-specific activities in South Africa, as well as activities in countries in the region where there is no USAID mission.
• Honorable Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Nkoane-Mashabane,
• UNISA Vice Principal Phakeng,
• IEC Chairperson Moepya,
• Professor Gutto and Professor Teffo,
• Distinguished members of the diplomatic corps,
• Representatives of the IEC and UNISA,
• Participating election management officials from across Africa,
• Other distinguished guests. All protocol observed.
Last updated: December 03, 2015