In the second week of December the USAID Trade Hub published the third issue of its flagship newsletter, Inside Southern African Trade (INSAT). This special issue focuses on the WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting, which took place from December 13 to 18, and features interviews with prominent individuals representing negotiating interests in the region, the private sector, civil society, regional organizations, and the WTO itself.
On December 14, Hon. Katherine H. Canavan, U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, toured three farms participating in the Botswana melon trials together with Anthony Vodraska, USAID/RCSA Acting Mission Director, members of the local press, and other U.S. Embassy and USAID/RCSA officials.
At a PFID-F&V and University of Botswana-sponsored workshop hosted at the USAID Trade Hub on December 12 and 13, participants from five countries in the region discussed agricultural technologies and nutrition and their impact on HIV/AIDS in rural and vulnerable communities. As a result of the workshop, a National Food Fortification Task Force was formed.
As a result of continuing USAID Trade Hub support to the Botswana Cattle Producers Association (BCPA), a major milestone was achieved in late December when the Government of Botswana instructed the Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) to bring producer prices for live cattle in line with regional export parity prices. This change is expected to have a significant impact on rural incomes, sector growth, and export diversification for Botswana.