US supports 50,000 farmers in Mozambique

8 June 2015

The United States will support around 50,000 farmers in Mozambique over the next three years, under four partnerships representing a financial outlay of US$30 million, USAID said in a statement.

The US federal government agency said that through its partners it intended to “increase the agricultural incomes of small farmers in the provinces of Nampula, Zambezia, Manica, and Tete.”

The partnership “will provide about 50,000 small farmers and their families with access to the market for seeds, fertiliser, storage, tractors, SMS messages via mobile phones, loans, and savings accounts,” the statement added.

These services will be provided by private organisations “through partnerships with USAID and international and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs),” it said.

According to USAID, these private activities, which have already begun and will last until mid-2017, will continue “while small farmers need the services and the businesses are able to turn a profit by providing them.”

These activities are part of “Feed the Future,” a global initiative of the US government against hunger and food insecurity, which has been in Mozambique for four years in the value chains of crops such as peanuts, beans, cashews, and mango. (macauhub/MZ)