The Business Advisory Working Group (BAWG) is a private-sector led platform aimed at providing one voice of private-sector agribusinesses to government.
At a glance – agriculture in Mozambique
Family-run and smallholder farms account for the vast majority of food produced in Mozambique, with cassava and maize the main crops, along with millet, rice and beans, cashews and mangoes.
Mozambique has committed to improving food security and nutrition by focusing on key staple foods and six agricultural growth corridors in the country. The country has a Strategic Plan for the Development of the Agriculture Sector covering the years to 2020, known as PEDSA. PEDSA is government-led and brings together the private sector, civil society, education institutions and development partners to promote agriculture development. The aim is to achieve annual growth in the sector of 7% through development of natural resources, markets and infrastructure, food production, and agricultural research.
Under the New Alliance Cooperation Agreement Framework, the government has committed to 15 specific policy reforms to increase productivity, yields and rural development, three of which have been completed, though progress on the remainder is slow.
Grow Africa’s work in Mozambique
Grow Africa has supported the establishment of the Business Advisory Working Group (BAWG) for Mozambique, to bring the private sector’s views into discussion in a structured way within a multi-stakeholder platform, and to generate business opportunities. Grow Africa also works with IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, to improve commercial cassava development across three countries in the region: Mozambique, Ghana and Nigeria.
In Mozambique, 41 companies have signed letters of intent (LOIs) to invest, with a combined commitment of more than US$570 million. Among the 17 international LOI companies are SAB Miller, Vodafone and Jain Irrigation, with Westfalia Fruit, Chikoa Fish Farm and Hoyo Hoyo Agribusiness among the domestic LOI companies.
So far, more than US$114 million of pledged money has been invested, creating close to 1,700 jobs and reaching about 387,000 smallholders, predominantly through input products and services, financial or data services and through training.
Grow Africa is currently prioritising the cassava value chain in Mozambique. Cassava is used in a variety of commercial applications, including cassava beers, feedstock for ethanol, and flour. Around two million farmers are involved in cassava production in the country, and Grow Africa is working to attract new investment to this value chain in order to lift small producers out of poverty. We are supporting the Mozambican National Cassava Platform in partnership with IDH.
The beer industry is currently the main end user of cassava in Mozambique, but we are working to boost demand for the crop by identifying more industries interested in cassava.
The fruit and vegetable value chain is another area of priority, and interest has been growing in soya production in Mozambique due to the rapid growth of the poultry industry. Soya is one of the crops in the government’s national strategy for the agriculture sector.
Mozambique’s Strategic Plan for the Development of the Agriculture Sector (PEDSA), is focusing on development in three corridors – Nacala, Zambezi Valley and Beira – as these areas hold most of the country’s water resources and have high agricultural potential. Agricultural growth will be pursued through a ‘cluster’ approach, allowing smallholder production to benefit from economies of scale and making farming more reliable and profitable. Grow Africa is focused on supporting this approach and strategic priorities through its activities in Mozambique.
Grow Africa Contacts
Projects, Platforms, and Working Groups
The Mozambican national cassava platform was launched with the support of Grow Africa and IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative in April 2015 as one of three national platforms (the other two are
Commercializing smallholder production is of critical importance in securing a sustainable future of African agriculture.
Government - Driven Investment Opportunities
Opportunities to invest in agriculture projectsView Investment Opportunities