Mozambique may soon achieve food security

5 May 2011

Cape Town, South Africa, 5 May – In the next five years Mozambique may become food secure, which would allow it to meet domestic demand and sell surplus products on the international market, the country’s agriculture minister, José Pacheco said Wednesday in Cape Town, South Africa.

Pacheco, who is in Cape Town to take part in the World Forum for Africa, taking place from 4 to 6 May, said that the main problem facing Mozambique at the moment was no longer a lack of products, but rather a lack of capacity to process and store surpluses.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), the government approved the Agricultural Development Strategy based on four pillars, the first of which refers to the generation and transfer of technologies so that producers can make use of a range of technologies to make their economic activity viable,” he said cited by Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The second pillar of the strategy, according to the minister, is related to access to the market and in that area the government and private sector plan to work to improve the facilities needed for agricultural development.

The third pillar is related to the need for sustainable management of natural resources, whilst the fourth proposes a boost to capacity of state institutions and a guarantee of participation of the various players in the agricultural production process. (macauhub)