mozambique farmer cultivating soybeansThe Trade Hub recently awarded a Strategic Partnership Grant to Solidaridad, a regional NGO based in South Africa, to improve food security and revenue generation for smallholder farmers in the districts of Guro, Machize, Mossourize, Tambara and Bárué, in Manica Province, Mozambique.

Solidaridad will utilize the grant to introduce a crop rotation system to local farmers.

The Importance of Crop Rotation

Crop rotation will alleviate the loss of soil fertility by incorporating soy and groundnuts into the local cotton and maize value chains. Planting soy and groundnuts will help recover soil nutrients and improve the yields of maize, a critical food staple in the province.

Additionally, soy and groundnuts, highly nutritional food resources, enrich the limited diet in the province. The surplus soy and groundnuts will also provide a high-value, alternative revenue stream for the farmers.

The Distribution of Produce

Commodity traders from Olam Mozambique, a leading Mozambican agriculture trading and supply company, have agreed to provide marketing facilities for the surplus soy and groundnuts produced by the farmers.

Olam Mozambique currently assists more than 40,000 farmers with their inputs and financing, and provides them with a market for their produce.

Solidaridad will implement the project through “farmer leaders” who will provide sustainable extension training to other farmers through demo-plots. The 100 farmer leaders will then provide extension services to over 5,000 smallholder growers. 40% of the lead farmers as well as beneficiaries of the project will be women. The farmers will also have the added benefit of accessing improved seed varieties through a revolving loan program.

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