Sesame value chain in Mozambique

Project title: Sesame, Vegetables, and Honey: Strengthening the Primary Sector in Caia District

Funded by: European Union (EU)

Co-funded by: Italian Agency Development Cooperation (AICS)

Lead agency: European Committee for Training and Agriculture (CEFA) Onlus

Country: Mozambique

Overall term: 2016 to 2020

Extreme poverty, lack of access to basic infrastructures and population growth are critical constraints to Mozambique’s ability to rise from underdevelopment. In the context of Caia District, erratic rain patterns driven by climate change have caused great food insecurity. Agriculture is the main driver of the country’s economy, yet the vast majority of farmers practice subsistence agriculture characterized by small-scale production and low productivity levels.

The SOMiCa Project was designed by the non-governmental organizations C.E.F.A. and C.A.M. Onlus in collaboration with local government institutions to tackle the development of the agricultural sector in Caia District, Mozambique. The project was awarded one funding contract by the Italian Cooperation in June 2015 and one funding contract by the European Union under the ProDEL Programme in May 2016.

Our experts have provided external monitoring and evaluation of the programme to help the organization improve the delivery of the action and fine-tune its strategies. We furthermore visited the Country on multiple occasions since 2016 to meet with key stakeholders of the sesame value chain and deliver feasibility studies for future developments.

 

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