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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Catalyzing Systemic Change in Key Market Systems

The Feed the Future Mozambique Agricultural Innovations Activity (FTF INOVA) is a five year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by DAI, TechnoServe, and Market Shares Associates. INOVA aims to increase equitable growth and incomes in the agriculture sector in Mozambique by focusing on interventions in specific market functions that exhibit a credible pathway toward inclusive change in the agricultural market system. INOVA will increase the competitiveness of selected value chains, expand the number of enterprises that can compete, and upgrade their products and services in selected markets, while improving relationships and linkages between those firms and other market participants throughout the value chains. FTF INOVA will be focusing on groundnut, cashew, pigeon pea, sesame, and agricultural inputs.
 

Building a Data-driven Cashew Sector

ConnectCaju: Through the ConnectCaju project, TechnoServe and the Government of Mozambique’s Institute for the Promotion of Cashew (INCAJU) are jointly developing a mobile-based platform for on-farm data collection and real time analysis in the cashew sector. With a current registry of over 100,000 cashew farmers, this platform will help INCAJU to improve the coverage and quality of its extension services for cashew farmers, as well as to broadcast relevant and timely information to actors throughout the cashew sector. By improving INCAJU’s monitoring, analysis, and decision-making abilities, ConnectCaju is contributing to increased productivity and transparency across the sector. ConnectCaju’s platform connects different actors in cashew production and commercialization in ways that enhance their abilities to make timely decisions and reduce costs. This, in turn, improves incentives for cashew farmers to invest in greater production, leading to improved economic growth. The ConnectCaju platform has several existing core functionalities:
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Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center

Transferring Agricultural Technologies from China to Africa: TechnoServe is advising and supporting the Chinese and Mozambican co-operators (Lianfeng and Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique) of an Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center (ATDC), called CITTAU (Centro de Transferência de Tecnologias Agrárias de Umbeluzi) located in Boane, Mozambique. The ATDCs were established by the Ministry of Commerce in China that endeavored to share the country’s agricultural expertise by establishing a network of 23 agricultural technology demonstration centers across Africa. These ATDCs represent China’s first major foray into development in Africa, outside of infrastructure, and are meant to leverage Chinese learnings and technologies for the benefit of African smallholder farmers.

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Building a More Resilient Banana Industry

Banana Industry Grants Facility: In Mozambique, bananas contribute substantially to the nation’s economy. In 2015, The country exported $75 million in bananas, making it one of the largest exporters of banana in Africa. Like in many other African countries, bananas also make an important staple in the national Mozambican diet. For the past few years, the Mozambican Banana Industry has been facing two major threats to its viability: Panama Disease Tropical Race 4 (TR4) and Banana Bunch Top Virus (BBTV). The outbreaks of these two diseases have threatened the existence and viability of many commercial banana plantations and smallholder production. TechnoServe, in partnership with the Government of Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, is supporting affected banana plantations and communities by providing financial support through a grant facility to contain the outbreaks and support prevention measures.
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Making Markets Work for Women Entrepreneurs

Women IN Business: The Women IN Business (WIN) program helps women-led businesses to grow their incomes through better access to products, inputs, and services, while addressing gender inequality in commercial business. Through this market systems approach, WIN works in partnership with permanent market players - such as private sector companies, associations, service providers and regulators. Partners are carefully selected and new ways of working are tested before inviting other market players to replicate their success. This approach allows WIN to find sustainable, lasting, market-based solutions for women.
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Developing Agribusinesses and Empowering Youth in Cabo Delgado

Catalisa: As part of Anadarko’s broader social investment strategy in Mozambique, the Catalisa project is creating new opportunities for farmers and young people in Cabo Delgado through inclusive private-sector led economic development. By supporting the development of strong agribusinesses and building young people’s skills, Catalisa is catalyzing increased investment, incomes, local employment, and the creation and growth of self-sustaining businesses.

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Anadarko
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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.

 

Increasing Women’s Access to Savings and Banking Services

Business Women Connect: Business Women Connect works to economically empower businesswomen in Mozambique by giving them the business skills they need to succeed. At the same time, it also aims to increase the supply of micro-savings products through empowering these successful businesswomen to become financial service agents for micro-savings products. Business Women Connect trains these businesswomen on how to promote the effective use of formal savings products through training on savings and financial literacy.
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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. 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

July 10, 2019

She is Capable: Boosting Business and Savings in Mozambique

TechnoServe’s Business Women Connect program has helped Mozambican women improve their businesses and increase access to savings. This impact can be seen in a new short film titled “She is Capable”.

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May 31, 2019

Mozambican Women Find the Secret Ingredient for Their Community’s Nutrition

In northern Mozambique, TechnoServe worked with a women’s cooperative called Nossara to promote local consumption of soybeans, improving both incomes and nutrition.

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February 11, 2019

Cultivating Cashew to Create Economic Growth in Benin and Mozambique

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.

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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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