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Increasing Incomes of Horticultural Smallholder Farmers (Horti-Sempre)

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.

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.

Results

Results 2017

  • 6,694 farmers (1,459 female) accessed improved agricultural inputs and horticultural production practices.
  • 4,686 (21% female) semi-commercial vegetable farmers realised an average income increase of CHF78.
  • A total of 742.66 kg of improved and tropicalised horticulture seed varieties which were promoted by Horti-Sempre were sold, representing almost 50% of the total horticultural vegetable fine seed market in the Nacala corridor.
  • The first 50 kg of locally reproduced improved and tropicalised horticulture seed varieties were produced and sold by a private domestic seed producer, representing a market share of 3-5% within the first year of production.

Project partner

  • JNB Empreendimentos

  • Association of Horticultural Wholesalers of Nampula (AGROWAM)
  • Export Trading Group (ETG)
  • Oruwera Sementes Melhoradas
  • Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM)

Project files

Project countries

  • Mozambique

Project duration

2017 - 2020

Funding

  • SDC

Working area

Enterprise

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