On The Ground
TechnoServe Coalition for Smallholder Sourcing
Connected Farmer Alliance
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.
PartnersU.S. Department of Agriculture
Mobile Savings for Women Entrepreneurs
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
Promoting Export-Quality Horticulture
Improving the Seed System
PartnersKingdom of the Netherlands
May 31, 2019
In northern Mozambique, TechnoServe worked with a women’s cooperative called Nossara to promote local consumption of soybeans, improving both incomes and nutrition.
February 11, 2019
Africa is home to over half of the world’s supply of cashew, a crop that is growing in demand globally as incomes rise and diets change. From planting seeds, to harvest, to processing, see how cashews from Mozambique and Benin make it to your table.
November 20, 2018
TechnoServe Mozambique marked 20 years of inclusive growth and poverty reduction with a distinguished panel and celebration.