Globally, TechnoServe is celebrating 50 years of equipping beneficiaries with business solutions to poverty, with its very first program in Ghana in 1968. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of TechnoServe in Mozambique, which began in 1998 in Nampula. Today, Mozambique is one of TechnoServe’s oldest and largest country offices with a portfolio of over ten current projects across the country in the areas of agricultural industries and entrepreneurship. Historically, TechnoServe in Mozambique is known for its work in developing the cashew, poultry and soy value chains, and it has also successfully worked in eco-tourism, agro-forestry and seed systems.
Throughout the years, TechnoServe has built strong relationships with public and private sector actors in Mozambique and has been working along side these partners to develop inclusive business models for sustainable, wide-scale growth and poverty reduction. Through these inclusive business models, TechnoServe aims to create and support competitive and sustainable commercial industries that generate opportunities for small-scale rural producers and suppliers, in addition to new employment opportunities for the rural poor. TechnoServe works with its corporate partners to leverage and promote investments in key industries and build local supply chains for sourcing, as well as public sector partners to build capacity to regulate and promote these growing industries.
The Seed Multiplication Project to Strengthen Small Commercial Farmers in Alta Zambézia (SMPSSCF) is a project designed and managed by TechnoServe Mozambique through its Agricultural Program team, which is being funded by the Kingdom of the Netherlands / Netherlands, from its first phase from November 1, 2012 to October 31, 2015. It is currently, in its second phase, which began on March 1, 2016 and will run until January 31, 2019.
The central objective in its first 3-year phase was the capitalization of a number of small commercial farmers - more precisely 33 SCFs in the Alta Zambézia region (districts of Gurué and Alto Molócué) and Malema / Ribaué (western Nampula), with farm equipment, threshing, irrigation and short-distance transport equipment worth US $ 2.35 million, 50% of which was part-financed by the project / funded by the Netherlands, 10% with capital from the 33 SCFs and 40% using leasing granted by the commercial bank for 5 years. This equipment has an annual potential for mechanized farming of at least 5,000 ha, 5,000 tons threshed, and irrigation (only 10 SCFs) of 160 ha.