On October 28, 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub presented a training workshop on the Warehouse Receipts System (WRS) to the executive management of IKURU and the Associação Moçambicana para Promoção do Cooperativismo Moderno (AMPCM) in Nampula, Mozambique.
AMPCM is responsible for organizing and assisting farmer associations, reaching thousands of farmers in the greater Nampula area, while IKURU is a commercial agribusiness that represents 21 farmers’ associations representing 8,500 individual farmers across the region.
Both institutions were interested in the Warehouse Receipts System and made provisional agreements to participate for the new harvesting season. This is a major breakthrough for independent farmer participation in the WRS project. IKURU also has its own warehouse that could qualify as certified and registered warehouse under the WRS. The organization’s interest in seed multiplication and distribution means they have a year-round demand for storage and financing of stock.
Photo: Natalino Barnete, Coordenador da Delegaqao Norte, AMPCM, in the IKURU warehouse. He heads AMPCM and assists farmers to create and manage groups, associations, and cooperatives.