Project Mozambique – Overview

  • Around 80% of all rural households in Cabo Delgado and the province of Nampula in northern Mozambique live from agriculture as their main source of income and employment.
  • Women are particularly disadvantaged in agriculture, as 80% of land titles and most other assets belong to men.
  • The region is disproportionately affected by climate change, and planting trees has been shown to make farmers more climate-resilient.

Promotion of local capacities

  • Support of sustainable pest control by networking national and international research institutes
    • e.g. the elaboration of a formula for effective micro-organisms (EM) for biological control of fungal diseases, which are now being distributed by women.
  • Support for the development of a local, long-term agricultural extension service to improve agricultural practices
  • Introduction of processes for successful certification (organic & fair trade)

Increase of local added value and economic feasibility

  • Improvement of acceptance conditions for small farmers through the connection to lead farmers
  • Investments in local value creation and processing

Market orientation and long-term trade relations

  • Improve market access for cashew and peanuts from Mozambique, while improving the quality of local food:
  • Exhibitions, on-site visits to customers, communication via various media

Organizational development / Advocacy

  • Networking of the industry to promote the joint representation of interests
  • Presentation of the strategic importance of local added value and certified sustainable production in public programmes and action plans.
    • e.g. negotiations with the government to promote organic cashew cultivation.


Partners and Donors

Our goals

  • At least a total of 3’500 farmers using improved production methods, 1300 of which are certified
  • The new market system around certified production will benefit farmers outside the project
  • Since cereals and starchy tubers account for an average of 80% of the energy supply of rural households and the intake of aflatoxin is a major cause of stunting in children and cancer, the project promotes diversification of cultivation and nutrition for small farmers and has made aflatoxin control the number one priority.
  • Cashew-processing factories employ mainly women. The creation of a market system that allows for the construction of certified processing plants will create secure and quality jobs for women.
  • Hardly any farmer has access to microcredit to increase his production. The aim of this project is to reconnect farmers with credit institutions to enable healthy growth.
  • The majority of cashews and peanuts are processed into finished products by roasting, crushing and paste manufacturing to maximize the added value in Mozambique.
  • The project is expected to produce 1100 tonnes of certified nuts per year.
  • Minimising food waste along the value chain by ensuring that harvesting and processing is fast, complete and clean
  • Ensure that the factory uses renewable energy, disposes of wastewater and waste appropriately and uses biodegradable packaging.
  • Ensuring a positive ecological footprint for the entire value chain
  • Promotion of biodiversity through biologically diversified agroforestry.
  • Combating biodiversity loss through small-scale agriculture and providing safe islands from systemic insecticides.



Nampula Region



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