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July 21, 2021

Every National Seed Authority requires state-of-the-art equipment to enable seed purity testing. In late 2020, the Zambian Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) reached out to USAID-managed Feed the Future Southern Africa Seed Trade Project (Seed Trade Project) flagging their need for a modern digital microscope. In response, the Seed Trade Project awarded the Institute a US$9,000 in-kind grant to procure the digital microscope. The high-end microscope was delivered in April 2021 and followed by virtual training on its proper use and functionality on May 20, 2021.

July 12, 2021

It is not a hot day, but the sun is striking a bright reflection from the white sandy soils of the village at the outskirts of Oshakati, a town in northern Namibia. Standing by her mother, almost leaning over her lap, is her little daughter. The girl’s feet are pale white from the dust she gathered while playing in the yard, her hair is neatly braided into a long ponytail, displaying the artistry of her mother’s fingers. She is playing with a pair of old scissors, keeping her big bright eyes intensely focused on the visitor to their home.

March 19, 2021

Ask any farmer, and they’ll say this quote by B.C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine, is a truism – a way of life – not just a metaphor for how to live life.  Prosperity comes to those who literally plant seeds. But nowadays, with climate change, invasive pests, and plant diseases, not every seed is equal.  Through the Feed the Future Southern Africa Seed Trade Project (Seed Trade Project), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is showing that a little upfront investment can be catalytic to long-term prosperity and food security.

Endeavor Agric technology
March 15, 2021

The U.S Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recently awarded ‘catalytic’ funding to four innovative investment vehicles to drive inclusive economic growth in Southern Africa.  The awards will mobilize an anticipated $24 million in private sector investment to support small and medium enterprises and emerging farmers in the region.  

March 10, 2021

Why should women have a prominent role in Malawi’s agriculture future?  According to Dr. Grace Kaudzu, Team Leader for the Seed Certification and Quality Control for the Ministry of Agriculture’s Seed Services Unit (SSU), the answer is simple.  “Women are the ones who put food on the table every day.  They also represent 40 percent of Malawi’s farming community and are willing to grow neglected crops that men ignore.  When it comes to agriculture, women should not just be sitting at the family table, but be a heard voice at the policy table.” 


Last updated: July 29, 2021

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