United Nations agency to support agricultural production chain in Mozambique

16 November 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 Nov – The Mozambican provinces of Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane will have access to a value chain project in the production of fruit and vegetables from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Worth US$18 million, the aim of the programme, which will be implemented over five to seven years, is to find alternatives for processing production, scenario in which fresh products can deteriorate due to a lack of conditions for preservation.

Support for the production sector is included in the project as well as creating conditions for conservation, via acquisition of refrigeration systems in order that products can reach the market in good condition.

The programme was announced in Maputo during a seminar to evaluate the activities funded by IFAD, which brought together 150 delegates from several African countries in the Mozambican capital.

Since the start of operations of the specialised United Nations agency, IFAD in Mozambique in 1983 the country has received around US$250 million in loans and funds in the areas of agriculture, agricultural markets, artisanal fishing and rural finances. (macauhub)