On November 10, 2015, Strategic Partnership Grant partner Empresa de Comercialização Agrícola (ECA) began to distribute agricultural inputs, including seeds and fertilizer, in and around Catandica in central Mozambique. ECA’s outreach program for maize production is expected to extend to more than 3,000 contracted farmers this season.
ECA manages grain procurement for Cargill, who received a strategic partnership grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub to construct grain dams with a total capacity of 5,200 tons. With support from the Trade Hub, Cargill also issued the first ever warehouse receipt in Mozambique in May 2015.
ECA will purchase the harvested maize from farmers at fair market prices on behalf of Cargill, which will store the maize in the new bulk grain dams situated on the ECA Catandica site. Stored grain will be eligible to take part in the warehouse receipts system and would act as collateral should farmers choose to take credit.
Photo: The seed and inputs distribution was met with very high turnout of smallholder farmers looking to boost their future harvests