Special initiative ONE WORLD – No Hunger

Green innovation centre Mozambique

Baobab, the fruit of the baobab tree, can be used to prepare juices and sauces, among other things. Baobab oil is also increasingly used in cosmetics. In Mozambique, the harvests are mainly organised by women.

Mozambique is one of the least developed countries in the world and is ranked 181st out of 188 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI). Despite Mozambique's economic growth over the last few years, the situation of the poor population has not improved significantly. And yet the country has huge potential for development, especially in agriculture. Only 15 per cent of the land that is suitable for farming is used for agriculture, and yield per hectare is usually low. More than seventy per cent of the population earn their living in agriculture, most of them in subsistence agriculture, i.e. they produce for their own consumption.

Innovative techniques and more efficient networking of stakeholders will be used to promote the value chains for rice, pigeonpea and baobab and improve crop yields. To achieve this goal, a green innovation centre is currently being built in Mozambique.

What is innovative?

  • Improved and organic rice farming: It is planned to introduce the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and organic rice cultivation for new markets.
  • A new approach for pigeonpeas: Increased cultivation of pigeonpeas in rotation with staple crops helps to protect soils and makes the plant, which is well suitable for exports, more attractive to farmers.
  • Baobab (also known as the "monkey bread tree"): Baobab powder, a so-called "superfood", is very popular around the world due to its high vitamin content and its rejuvenating effect on the skin. It is mainly the women who organise the collection and primary processing of the fruit. As part of the project, they will learn about environmentally sound collecting, storing and peeling methods and be trained on how to successfully market the baobab products.

Our goals

In the selected project regions, innovations help to improve the income of smallholder farms and create employment. They also enhance food security.

We want:

  • to increase the income of 30,000 smallholders from the sale of pigeonpeas, rice and baobab and
  • to reduce the share of moderately or severely food insecure households.

Ways to success

Pigeonpeas, rice and baobab fruit are traditional crops in Mozambique, with great potential for being marketed internationally. At the same time, local sales can help to enhance food security. In all three value chains, the green innovation centre will focus on building stronger networks between suppliers, agricultural producers, processing companies and the public sector and research establishments. This will enable stakeholders to better defend their interests.

The innovation centre also supports the establishment of demonstration plots. So-called "lead farmers" receive practical and commercial training about innovations that they can share within their organisations. A "train the trainer" approach for trainers and multipliers is used to ensure that innovations reach more people. Inclusive business models with existing companies enable smallholders and their organisations to become part of supply chains over the long term.

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