Mozambique

Overview

In spite of strong recent economic growth and extensive natural resources, Mozambique remains one of the world’s poorest countries.

TechnoServe has been providing technical assistance to Mozambique’s industries, agribusinesses, and entrepreneurs with high-growth potential for over 20 years, since our office first opened in 1998. We have helped create a competitive and sustainable commercial agricultural sector, which has generated opportunities for small-scale rural producers and suppliers, in addition to new employment opportunities for the rural poor. TechnoServe in Mozambique is known for creating lasting impact in the value chains of cashew and poultry, though we've also worked in agro-forestry, seed systems, horticulture, and access to finance. We work with corporate partners to promote investments in key industries and build local supply chains for sourcing, as well as public sector partners to build capacity to regulate and promote growing industries. Our goal in the next 10 years is to scale our impact through leveraging and sharing knowledge and build new partnerships in order to catalyze further change.

On The Ground

Projects

 

TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing

The TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing is dedicated to generating evidence on innovations in smallholder sourcing that improve outcomes for farmers and companies, as well as promoting broad-based adoption of effective innovations.
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Connected Farmer Alliance

The Connected Farmer Alliance (CFA) is a public-private partnership that seeks to promote commercially sustainable mobile agriculture solutions and increase productivity and revenues for 500,000 smallholder farmers across Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. The program also aims to increase revenues for agribusinesses and agricultural value chain service providers.
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Transforming the Cashew Value Chain

MozaCajú: With financial support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), TechnoServe implemented the MozaCajú project from 2013 to 2018, supporting the Mozambican cashew nut industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including in the areas of production, inputs, processing, finance, and marketing. MozaCajú’s broad range of activities included a grants fund to small and medium agribusinesses to encourage innovation and expansion in the cashew sector, hands-on technical assistance for factories to support batch processing and food safety standards, business advisory services to larger plantations, and “My Cashew Business” trainings for smaller farmers. These same farmers were exposed to new and improved agricultural practices, including the use of improved inputs.

As an important part of supporting sustained, quality cashew production, community nurseries and seed providers were established across the cashew production zones of the country. As detailed in the 2017 MozaCajú Impact Report, Mozambican cashew farmers who participated in the project experienced a 53 percent increase in cashew tree productivity and a corresponding 66 percent increase in income. Similarly, MozaCajú has seen a 55 percent increase in the exports of Mozambican processors who participated in the project, which has amounted to an additional $20 million of kernel sold in the international market and a 64 percent increase in revenue. For more information about the Mozambican cashew industry and the MozaCajú project, please visit mozacaju.com.

 

Mobile Savings for Women Entrepreneurs

Business Women Connect: With support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, Business Women Connect was born out of research showing that accessible microsavings products are one of the most impactful tools for women entrepreneurs. In a context where only 8 percent of adults access formal mechanisms to save, mobile savings products offer women greater security, privacy and control over their incomes, so they can re-invest in their businesses and gradually move to higher-margin activities. The Business Women Connect 2017 pilot program, which trained a variety of Mozambican businesswomen in financial literacy and business skills, indicated significant potential and need for expansion, given the ongoing development of mobile savings. However, it also highlighted a need to support the supply side of effective, available savings products (beyond simple payments) while helping women to understand and access these products. The pilot found that the product line “LetsGo” offered by Letshego Bank, which provides an accessible formal financial service suite with 10percent interest, is particularly compelling for women due to low documentation requirements, better security and high accessibility.

Under Phase II of Business Women Connect, TechnoServe aims to increase women’s economic opportunity by promoting the effective use of formal savings products, business skills and financial literacy among women Letshego banking agents as well as women customers. TechnoServe will engage these women entrepreneurs to help them improve their own businesses as well as become effective service providers and ambassadors of formal savings to thousands of other women in Mozambique.

 

Promoting Investment and Competitiveness for Agribusinesses

FinAgro is a program funded by USAID and the Government of Mozambique designed to increase the competitiveness of the Mozambican private sector in selected cash crops and value chains. The project focus is on tropical fruits (mangos, bananas and pineapples), pulses (common beans, cowpeas, and pigeon peas), oilseeds (peanuts, soybeans, and sesame), cashew nuts, and other crops as maize, rice, potatoes, and cassava. Through the provision of small grants, the program aims to support and promote partnerships between commercial farmers and smallholder or emerging farmers; increase access to production inputs and equipment in targeted areas; address gender imbalance by encouraging female applicants; Generate new jobs; and increase value and volume of exports. FinAgro grants are designed to leverage additional private capital from investors and financial institutions. The program focuses on supporting Mozambican small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) and farmer associations/cooperatives operating in farming, agro-processing, marketing and exporting activities. The grants are designed to contribute directly and substantially to the competitiveness of selected sub-sectors, enterprise clusters or value chains as opposed to only generating financial benefits to an individual grantee. For more information on FinAgro, please see www.finagro.org.mz. Contact: Jane Grob, jgrob@tns.org

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Promoting Export-Quality Horticulture

TechnoServe’s Inhambane province program, supported by Irish Aid, is designed to stimulate inclusive growth of the agricultural economy while enhancing the long-term resilience of the poorest households. Building on the successful outgrower model developed with our private-sector client Mozambique Organicos, the program is growing a network of nucleus and outgrower farmers who are generating income by producing export-quality horticulture crops. We predict that the project will generate $8.6 million in wages and revenues over the next five years, directly benefiting 3,345 men, women and children. While most households in the province currently grow coconuts, few invest in good management of their trees. As aging trees leach nutrients from depleted soils, yields continue to fall, and coconut-related incomes remain low. The program pilots creative models for household and community-level replanting through intercropping with other food crops, which increases productivity and soil fertility. Further, the interplay between the horticulture and coconut elements of the program holistically addresses the agricultural development needs of Inhambane and results in jobs and income, while increasing the availability of nutritious fruits and vegetables. Contact: Alex Negrao, anegrao@tns.org

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Improving the Seed System

The Kingdom of the Netherlands and TechnoServe have entered into a three-year grant agreement to support the work of small commercial farmers and the Government of Mozambique’s ongoing efforts to reduce poverty. This $5-million project will specialize in high-potential crops, beginning with soybean and groundnuts, to improve income and nutrition for three million poor smallholder families that are underserved by the formal seed system. This effort bridges formal and informal seed systems, leading to a more consumer-responsive distribution network based on newly mechanized small-scale entrepreneurs. The project further aims to establish a cohort of small commercial farmers with the competencies and tools to improve the competitiveness of local seed production. Taken together, this partnership has the potential to transform the seed system in Mozambique by generating nutritional outcomes and increases in smallholder farmer income, unlocking the participation of women in decision-making about production and the use of generated income, encouraging substantial private investment and supporting policy development through well-informed regional seed grower associations. This approach embraces people’s innovation and empowers farmers to determine their own strategies as they navigate issues of market access, food security, labor availability and the harvest cycle. Contact: Luis Pereira, lpereira@tns.org

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Blog Posts

November 20, 2018

TechnoServe Celebrates 20 Years of Inclusive Business Models in Mozambique

TechnoServe Mozambique marked 20 years of inclusive growth and poverty reduction with a distinguished panel and celebration.

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October 22, 2018

A Data-Driven Cashew Sector

ConnectCaju’s mobile application-based platform puts crucial data at the fingertips of government officials and cashew farmers in Mozambique.

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September 6, 2018

Win-Win Innovations in Smallholder Sourcing

A coalition spanning the private, nonprofit, and research sectors tested innovations in agriculture that can drive impact on a large scale. We share results and lessons from an experiment in Mozambique that leveraged mobile technology to drive shared value.

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TechnoServe Mozambique

Rua António Simbine
No. 203
Maputo, Mozambique

Tel: +258 21 498437

Jane Grob

Country Director
jgrob@tns.org

General Inquiries
technoserve-mozambique@tns.org

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