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.

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Nacala, Nampula, Mozambique
-14.56477
40.6888689
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Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique
-12.385021
39.416963
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

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

Results

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.

News

Mozambique
Sustainable agriculture
22.03.2021
Horti-Sempre and model producer facilitate training of horticultural farmers in the production of seedlings and preparation of the local substrate
The production of seedlings in trays and the use of substrates is a challenge for small horticultural farmers in Nampula, who currently use traditional methods of sowing and transplanting seedlings. To solve this problem, training in good agricultural practices is a solution. Horti-Sempre project is promoting the increase of horticultural crop's productivity through the use of improved seeds, the application of Good Agricultural Practices, low-cost techniques and reducing the losses during the vegetative cycle and in postharvest period. To this end, Horti-Sempre facilitates trainings, crop-days, and producer's exchange of experience among other technological transfer methodologies.  
Mozambique
Sustainable agriculture
08.03.2021
Irrigation Field Day: Horti-Sempre promotes agricultural productivity through smart and affordable irrigation solutions
In Nampula, climate change and water scarcity are a challenge for farmers, especially for the ''Associação Verde’’, a women's association in Monapo that produces vegetables and seedlings in trays, for sale in the local market to guarantee the livelihood of their families. Using accessible irrigation solutions, the Horti-Sempre project, implemented by Swisscontact and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), promoted the installation of a mixed gravity and drip irrigation systems to the association´s plots. The system adhered by the “Associação Verde” will allow maximizing production at all seasons of the year and reducing the effort to keep its crops irrigated. 
Mozambique
Sustainable agriculture
15.01.2021
HORTI SEMPRE - Smart Solutions for Smart Agriculture
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. The project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and implemented by Swisscontact and GFA.