Increasing Incomes of Horticultural Smallholder Farmers

The Horti-Sempre project seeks to improve the livelihoods of local small-scale horticultural producers through adequate facilitation that enables access to relevant products and services which aid in an increased capacity to produce and compete in the market.

Agriculture is the foundation of Northern Mozambique’s economy and employs over 80% of the economically active population contributing to 25% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Economic development and poverty alleviation are therefore highly dependent on agricultural growth. Demand for horticultural products is increasing as local supply is limited in quantity, quality and seasonality. Imports from other provinces like Maputo and other foreign countries are therefore used to fill the demand gap. Also, complementary staple food crops such as cassava and beans experience high demand and show both local and export market potential.

Nacala, Nampula, Mozambique
Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique
Project duration
2017 - 2021
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

The Horti-Sempre Project improves the access of local small-scale producers to relevant products and services which help them increase their capacity to produce and compete in the market. The project plays a facilitator role with targeted interventions to empower the farmers to develop business models with private sector partners.

The project is currently in its second phase and has three main components:

  • Improving access to inputs and practices through upgraded quality seed varieties for horticulture (both through importing and locally certified multiplication of improved new varieties), Business to Business (B2B) technology transfer and transfer of selected Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs);
  • Introducing innovative and affordable irrigation solutions to increase the size of cultivated land and accessibility to water for more months in the year; and
  • Improving sector competitiveness through the promotion of clusters, strengthening market linkages and active exchange on market opportunities between producers and buyers. This is in addition to introducing value-added practices such as basic processing and packaging.

It applies a Market Systems Development (MSD) approach to trigger the systemic change in the horticultural market by building on existing end-of-market opportunities.

The project seeks to increase the annual net income of 25,000 smallholder farmers by 30% against the baseline by supporting the growth of the horticultural sector in Northern Mozambique in order to increase the competitiveness and inclusivity of the local population who see agriculture as their main income generator. It also seeks to increase the productivity and output quality as well as reduce the seasonality of smallholder vegetable production and complementary production of selected staple crops both for own consumption and for sale.

Project partners

  • Agriculture Training Centres
  • DD Investments (DDI)
  • Provincial Directorate of Agriculture/ Department of Economic Activities (DPAP/SPAE)
  • Formex/Kikstart
  • HORFPEC Lda.
  • Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM)
  • Income Generation
  • Klein Karoo Seed Marketing Mozambique (K2)
  • ORUWERA (Seeds Producer and Distributor in Nampula)
  • Pemba Orphanage
  • PEOPLE POWERED PUMPS. Swiss -Agrowan
  • RW Machambas Montepuez
  • Syngenta
  • TECAP (National Input Provider based in Maputo)
  • Technoserve


Results to date

  • 23,702 smallholder farmers (6,400 female) and 577 technicians (156 female) accessed improved agricultural inputs and good horticultural production practice training.
  • 14,968 farmers (3,892 female) realised additional income cumulatively amounting to CHF 2,011,440.



Field day highlights good agricultural practices in horticultural production in the Montepuez district

Improving horticultural production through Horti-Sempre project

Vegetable seedling production using trays gains popularity in Nampula Province in Northern Mozambique

Smart solutions for smart agriculture

Desinfeção de solo para alfobre ou viveiro

Elaboração e desinfeção de substrato para produção de mudas


Sustainable agriculture
Horti-Sempre and partners discuss experiences and future challenges for the horticultural sector in the north of the country
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Mozambique (SDC), through the project Horti-Sempre implemented by Swisscontact, has been supporting the sustainable development of the horticultural complex with the introduction of solutions accessible to the stakeholders of Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces.
Sustainable agriculture
Field day highlights good agricultural practices in horticultural production in the Montepuez district
To promote good agricultural practices and communication between farmers, agricultural technicians, extension agents, and inputs suppliers the Horti-Sempre project held a Horticultural Field Day at Mr. André Jantara's fields, a vegetable producer in Montepuez district, Cabo Delgado province. 
Sustainable agriculture
Promoting good practices in post-harvest to reduce vegetable losses and increase the competitiveness
An initiative focused on the promotion of post-harvest technologies and practices to improve and increase the productivity and competitiveness of the horticultural sector of small farmers is being implemented by the Horti-Sempre project in Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces. The project not only aims at enabling farmers to increase productivity, but also at improving the quality and presentation of their products to be offered to end markets.