Africa Global Schaffer (AfGS) together with Bechtel Corporation and Export Trading Group(ETG), are elated to collaborate with USAID and their non-governmental sector to shoot up food protection in Zambia.
Collectively, the organisations will create a number of Smart Integrated District Aggregation Centers in Zambia for the next two years. The center’s will raise the provision and worth of maize from Zambia to assist in easing food deficiency in the nation. The center’s will lessen losses after harvest, thereby raising the provision of maize and Small Holder Farmers harvest quality.
A combination of both private and public partnership approach will raise effectiveness, adhere to the growth strategies of USAID and African government, quicken solutions, conveyance to local ownership and guarantee return on less excessive investment with sizeable influence. USAID partners will examine ways to carry out same programs throughout the continent and through sectors that need help and progress.
Through Prosper Africa Initiative, USAID is collaborating with Bechtel’s social enterprise, agricultural/energy business, Africa Global Schaffer and South Africa founded business, Export Trading Group with its social impact branch, Empowering Farmers Foundation to see to the universal food safety situation. The collaboration will publicise collective affluence by raising the provision and worth of maize on the African continent.
Maize imparts as far as 30% of the country’s losses after harvest despite 80% of smallholder farmers in Zambia managing maize. When excess maize is destroyed and impaired maize is sold for less than its worth, market stability and job development are all influenced. The partnership will aid in solving these difficulties by erecting green, Smart Integrated District Aggregation Centers in regions where production increment will have influence.
The foremost sequence of the partnership will make important the formation, start-up and performance of seven centers in top-production regions in Zambia by May harvest season. The program will then, increase to twenty three centers to supply roughly a hundred thousand metric tons of maize and other crops and efficaciously shun more than eight hundred metric tons of carbon which is similar to around eighty thousand gallons of consumed diesel. Furthermore, a third of the centers will be supervised by women smallholder farmers.
Exclusion of Zambia’s maize loss after harvest will also make available more than 1.5 million people with their essential calorie demands, thereby notably easing hunger and lack of nourishment.