Friday, April 16, 2010

(NYASATIMES) Wanted: Malawi food in US on e-market

Wanted: Malawi food in US on e-market
By Nyasa Times
Published: April 15, 2010

The fastest growing market in the United States of America is the international food market and Malawi food stands to rake huge profits.

Millions of people are buying their food from international stores. Everyday a new shop opens selling organic food, food that does not have additives or preservatives and is naturally grown. The growing trend is to eat healthy and more naturally-grown foods.

In the US you can purchase food at these international stores from all across Africa but rarely can you find the good products from Malawi until now.

Through a website - you can buy Malawi products from an online store. The idea to have an online store come from Malawians living in the U.S. and was developed by Chimwemwe Ncozana the owner of based in Orlando Florida.

Through the website you can buy tea, coffee, beans, nuts, hot sauce, clothes all made in Malawi and other items that enter the U.S. market free of duty under the AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), a US legislation in 2002 to promote and raise trade activity between the global powerhouse and Africa.

Under AGOA over 2,000 Malawi products can enter the US market free of duty.

The concept came from a similar venture which has been successfully implemented by Kenyans living in the USA.

Ncozana, the designer of the website, said: “Through the website you can purchase airtime for family in Malawi, purchase grocery vouchers, salon vouchers, Malawi music and much more.

“It’s an exciting time. We are improving the website everyday and e-commerce is here to stay,” he said.

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