Mozambique, a nation in Southeastern Africa, was one of the world’s poorest countries when it gained its independence in 1975. Although it has made significant economic and political gains in the last three decades, more than half the country still lives below the poverty line. Winrock’s history in Mozambique has been marked by advancements in developing a sustainable agricultural system, providing primary school scholarships for girls, and improving renewable energy systems.
In Mozambique’s Nacala Corridor, smallholder farmers, particularly women, play a critical role in any efforts to increase production. The USAID Mozambique Feed the Future Resilient Agricultural Markets Activity (RAMA) – Nacala Corridor will facilitate the adoption of good agricultural practices and technology to increase resilience and achieve sustainable increases in agricultural productivity to protect food security. By providing higher quality, demand-driven information and services to businesses, agricultural producers and processors, this project aims to reduce poverty and hunger. It also empowers women — 87 percent of Mozambique’s agricultural labor force — to be decision-makers and drivers of production, landscape management and household nutrition. Through partnerships within the private sector and the government of Mozambique, the project can maximize resources to provide technical assistance and improved technologies through existing networks and stakeholders.
To be effective and long-lasting, solutions to Sub-Saharan Africa’s food security challenges must be homegrown. That belief drives this USAID-funded Feed the Future initiative to develop the capacity of African agriculture professionals, institutions and stakeholders to reduce hunger and poverty. The program seeks agricultural transformation by engaging stakeholders at the continental, regional, country, and local levels to improve the effectiveness of institutions, strengthen the capacity to manage policy change, and promote effective participation of non-state actors.
Like many other developing countries, Mozambique is exploring how it can reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to land use. The country is also eager to participate in global Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) efforts, which provide countries financial incentives for sustainably managing their forests. As part of that effort, Winrock is providing technical assistance to Mozambique to help identify drivers of deforestation and forest degradation and to develop strategies to address the problem.