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Connecting Commercial and Small Farmers in Mozambique to New Markets and Financing

Key achievements of USAID’s AgriFUTURO Agriculture and Trade Competiveness Program, included:   
Higher household incomes: Assisted a large number of rural Mozambican families to raise their incomes and consolidate participation in expanding agricultural value chains. For example, in 2014, AgriFUTURO added $234-430 to the annual incomes of 49,000 households.  
Augmented agricultural services: Provided $1.3 million in grants to 22 organizations to purchase production-enhancing equipment and construct storage facilities, increasing the firms’ capital base and leveraging access to bank finance.
Stimulated private sector: Leveraged more than $137 million in new private investment in target value chains, and helped generate 27,000 new jobs.
Boosted regional sales and exports: Among project beneficiaries, cumulative smallholder sales at the farm gate totaled over $100 million, and total exports totaled nearly $70 million.
Promoted new agricultural technologies: Introduced use of new technologies on 23,000 hectares as 35,000 farmers adopted new practices. The AgriFUTURO Agribusiness and Trade Competitiveness Program strengthened the livelihoods and economic competitiveness of commercial and small farmers in Mozambique. From 2009-2015, this USAID project, managed by Abt Global, generated $137 million in private investment and more than 27,000 jobs while increasing 130,000 farmers’ access to seeds, markets, finance, technology and mechanization services. During the life of this Feed the Future project, more than 55,000 members of 1,400 project-assisted producer organizations benefited from its services.

AgriFUTURO’s strategy included:

  • Expanding and strengthening agricultural development services to help small farmers become competitive;
  • Fostering public-private partnerships with investors, commercial agribusinesses, and local cooperatives to boost productivity and competitiveness of small farms;
  • Creating links to financial services through the launch of the AgroCredito program, which granted accredited loans to small and medium traders for short-term financing; and
  • Improving the business climate for agribusinesses via policy analyses and stakeholder education, making it easier to commercialize crops within key value chains like soybeans, groundnuts and fruits.

The project also laid the groundwork for continued expansion and development of these value chains by strengthening a sustainable network of producer organizations, commercial farms, and agribusinesses, and by identifying and developing talented leaders to continue the momentum of this project.
Read more about this work:
AgriFUTURO End of Project Report
Accessing Broader Agricultural Markets and Improving the Responsiveness of Health Services in Mozambique
Improving Mozambique’s Enabling Environment for Agriculture

Sub-Saharan Africa