Development of a sustainable market gardening sector AP6-2

By 18 January 2013Non classé

DEVELOPMENT OF A SUSTAINABLE MARKET GARDENING SECTOR

170000
of total budget
36
months of action
12
of the project is financed by SEED Foundation
Location
Mozambique, Maputo
Duration
January 2013 – december 2015
Partners
ESSOR and Direction de l’agriculture et Conseil Municipal de Maputo
Beneficiaries

300 farmers and 24 public services technicians

Heart of the project

An urban agriculture dangerous for health and environment

In Mozambique, 34% of the families are chronically in a situation of food insecurity partly because of the high and fluctuant prices on the global market. Urban agriculture is an important activity in Maputo, the capital city: it represents 2.000 hectares and about 20.000 families of vegetable producers. Unfortunately, monoculture is the main method of production and chemical pesticides are more and more used at the expense of the environment, the producers and the consumer’s health.

Agroecology for healthy vegetables

It aims at promoting the development of an “ecological agriculture” in Maputo with the support of local State entities (City Hall and the Ministry of Agriculture) the producers and their organization. The project includes the reinforcement of their technical skills, experimentations in the fields, new selling techniques and the elaboration of a certification for the sector through the creation of a label.

Main actions

Exchange between producers

Reinforce producers’ organization and implement a cooperation framework with other actors of the sector to improve dialogue.

Public partnerships

Involve public institutions to develop the sector; public technicians will be trained to strengthen their knowledge in order for them to support the producers and the sector.

Agroecology

Train farmers to produce vegetables without chemical input through participative experimentation on school farms and with technical and individualized monitoring.

Sells & certification

Support sells and certification of vegetables by reinforcing farmers’ competencies, by increasing point of sells, by establishing a bill of specifications, by choosing a model of certification and by creating a label.

I aim at developing my client list. I grew from 5 to 26 regular families in one year and others order once or twice a month. The revenue generated by this activity greatly helps me to pay for my studies in graphics.

Antonio, 23 years oldDoor to door delivery boy

Expected benefits

An increase in revenue for the 300 producers of the “ecological agriculture” sector;
New skills for the 24 technicians of the public entities;
 Quality products on local markets at accessible prices.

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