The IOs have facilitated a portfolio of interventions to address food security in the face of climate change in 7 districts in central Mozambique, in the provinces of Sofala (Nhamatanda, Chibabava and Búzi) and Manica (Sussundenga, Vanduzi, Gondola, Macate and Gondola). These districts are highly affected by the impacts of climate change (erratic rainfall, droughts, floods) and food insecurity, however, there is also great potential for agricultural production and market integration. The agricultural sector remains critical for 90% of the population, mostly small producers who depend on agricultural production.
Using an inclusive market approach, the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) has facilitated smallholder farmers’ introduction of climate-smart agriculture practices for rice and vegetable production in a sustainable manner. They have also facilitated a reduction in post-harvest losses through the involvement of the private sector, which links clusters of high production farmers with markets, traders and processors. It has strengthened the capacity of stakeholders, with access to inputs, services, and markets, and the dissemination of technologies through rural agro-dealers, farming communities and SDAE (District Services of Economic Affairs) extension agents.
Concern Universal (United Purpose) has worked with smallholders and farmers' organisations through climate-smart agricultural development to improve their incomes and - most importantly - to reduce the hunger of people who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Agricultural value chains have been improved, especially concerning the " farming-to-table" route for smallholder farmers. By linking farmers to businesses and other organisations, Concern Universal (United Purpose) has helped them to access microfinance and structured markets.
The Kwaedza Simukai Manica Association (AKSM) contributed directly to increasing the production and adaptive capacity of selected small farmers by introducing improved maize and beans seed varieties, which are high yielding and drought resistant, with a short growth cycle. It also promoted interbreeding and other good agricultural practices (GAPs). To mitigate the lack of capital, Kwaedza worked with the existing village savings and credit associations and strengthened them to ensure that capital could be available for the purchase of agricultural inputs.
African Fertiliser and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), has improved the food security and incomes of smallholder farmers by facilitating agricultural development through the adoption of improved technologies production and effective marketing production. In response to identified market opportunities, AFAP has been the leading institution in developing the HUB Agrodealer Model. During the FAR programme, AFAP assisted small farmers by improving access to inputs (seeds and fertilisers) and technologies for increasing agricultural production, and markets for surplus production, as well as by introducing the concept of market production and semi-mechanised agriculture.
Access to food and climate resilience through market systems (AFOC-MSD), implemented by Swisscontact, focused on introducing new and innovative agricultural practices in Manica based on the dissemination of improved and tropical varieties seeds; the dissemination of selective CSA (Climate Intelligent Agriculture) practices and diversification; supporting cash crop-based income-generating activities; and the integration of smallholder cereals/agriculture/horticulture with special attention to women. The female role was enhanced (through basic processing and marketing) in the bean and vegetable value chains. In addition, women were the main beneficiaries of interventions such as small turkey keeping and small orchards/micro nurseries.