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.
Since 2018, Business Women Connect has economically empowered over 200 businesswomen in Mozambique by giving them the business skills they need to succeed. At the same time, Business Women Connect has increased the supply of savings products through empowering these businesswomen to become financial service agents in their communities. Business Women Connect invests in women, because they are capable of making change.
This report outlines four years of impact and insights from the MozaCajú program, which supported the Mozambican cashew nut industry by harnessing global market demand for premium cashew and addressing obstacles throughout the value chain, including production, inputs, processing, finance, and marketing.
This case study highlights the approach that the Business Women Connect program, a partnership between TechnoServe and the ExxonMobil Foundation, has used to support thousands of women entrepreneurs in Mozambique.