Category “Mosambique”

Mozambique: Small-Scale Fisheries in a Modernising Economy – Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique

Mozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism.

However, it is the recent discovery of significant reserves of gas and coal which has contributed most to Mozambique’s position as one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world from 2001-10.

Notwithstanding the high levels of investment and exceptional growth rates, the majority of Mozambicans remain highly dependent on natural ecosystems to support their livelihoods.

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Mozambique: No Green Revolution Without Funding

Maputo — African will not have its long desired green revolution in the present generation, if a decisive step is not taken in financing agricultural production and industrialisation

This was the conclusion of the Third African Green Revolution Forum, organised by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which ended in Maputo on Friday afternoon.

The final statement from the Forum said that some advances had been made since the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) had been adopted in 2003. “Public and private investment has doubled”, the Forum noted. “40 Governments are now implementing CAADP plans and countries are now recording GDP per capita growth in their agricultural sectors”

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Mozambique: PM Recognises Difficulties in Financing Agriculture

Maputo — Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina recognised on Wednesday that Mozambican agriculture faces difficulties in obtaining the finance needed to drive its development.

Speaking in Maputo at the opening of the Third African Green Revolution Forum, Vaquina said this was because the commercial banks are reluctant to grant loans to small producers and to small and micro companies – even though these “are the true motive force behind the growth of the agricultural sector”.

With greater investment in agriculture, “the contribution of the agricultural sector to Gross Domestic Product should exceed the current figure of 23 per cent, and it would become increasingly important in the economic development of Mozambique and of Africa”, said the Prime Minister.

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Mozambique: Good Agricultural Practices Can Raise Production

Maputo — The President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Jane Kuruku, told reporters in Maputo on Tuesday that there are examples of good agricultural practices in Africa which, if empowered and expanded, could help drive up production on the continent.

“There are small things, and medium sized things, which are happening in Africa, and it’s these things that will make the green revolution”, she said, addressing a press briefing ahead of the Third African Green Revolution Forum, taking place in the Mozambican capital this week.

Kuruka said that the green revolution achieved in countries such as India, Vietnam and Brazil also started from successful small scale projects, such as those that can now be found in Africa.

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Mozambique: African Green Revolution Forum to Focus On New Models and Technologies Bringing Together Smallholder Farmers and Agribusinesses

Maputo — The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) opens today in Maputo, bringing together over 150 leading figures and experts, including African heads of state, ministers, farmers, business leaders, NGO representatives and scientists.

The Forum — organised by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and partner organisations — will focus on “scaling up and financing inclusive agribusiness through transformative public private partnerships”. Over the next two days, delegates will work together in a series of structured workshops to identify models to incorporate smallholder farmers into commercial agricultural value chains, and focus on developing innovative finance models that can stimulate growth.

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Mozambique: Irrgation Schemes Could End Import of Rice

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Saturday expressed optimism that with major irrigation schemes such as that under construction in Xai-Xai district, in the southern province of Gaza, Mozambique will cease being a net importer of rice.

Speaking to reporters after a visit to the Lower Limpopo Irrigation Scheme, the result of a partnership with the Chinese company “China Wanbao Oil and Grain”, Guebuza said that with the current expansion of the scheme, rice imports could be cut by 100,000 tonnes in the next few years.

Currently the irrigation scheme could produce on 14,000 hectares. Less was available in the 2011/12 agricultural campaign, the latest for which AIM has figures, when 13,000 tonnes of grain was produced.

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Mozambique: Tractors Boost Mechanised Agriculture in Manica

Maputo — Twenty new tractors will be available through a government scheme during the next harvest in the central Mozambican province of Manica. As a result, the province will have 145 tractors, sixty in the family sector with the rest in the private sector.

According to the daily newspaper “Noticias”, eleven of the tractors have already arrived in Manica, with the rest awaiting transport out of Nacala port.

The Italian government has financed the project.

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