TechnoServe’s Work in Mozambique Highlighted in Irish Times
April 06, 2011
In Mozambique’s Inhambane Province, TechnoServe is working to promote agricultural processing andexports of various products, including cashews and coconuts.
In Mozambique’s Inhambane Province, TechnoServe is working to promote agricultural processing and exports of various products, including cashews and coconuts. Bill Corcoran of the Irish Times recently visited one of TechnoServe’s clients, a coconut-processing factory that could provide a model for lifting rural Inhambane residents out of poverty:
One of the last things a person expects to find at the end of a track that twists through Mozambique’s mosquito-infested bush is a factory employing 20 people that makes high-quality organic products.
But after an hour-long drive inland from the town of Maxixe in Inhambane Province, the walls of Coconut Oil Organics’ factory emerge from behind a group of trees that stretch up into the forest canopy.
The brainchild of South African farmer Graham Ford and the American non-profit organisation TechnoServe, Coconut Oil Organics aims to feed South Africa’s food and healthcare markets with a range of coconut products: from the highly sought-after virgin coconut oil to dried fruit made from its flesh.
For TechnoServe’s Rizwan Khan, the long-term plan is to support the establishment of similar factories across the province, such is the abundance of coconut trees and the demand for oil. The potential to create employment for hundreds, if not thousands, of unemployed rural Mozambicans is significant.