Trade and export growth in resource-rich Mozambique

Mozambique economic profile

Mozambique borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini. Its long Indian Ocean coastline of 2,500 kilometres faces east to Madagascar.

The country is endowed with ample arable land, water, energy as well as mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore. It has three deep seaports and a relatively large potential pool of labour. It is also strategically located with four of the six neighbouring countries being landlocked, and hence dependent on Mozambique as a conduit to global markets. Mozambique’s strong ties to the region’s economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole. (Source: The World Bank)

TFSA sector work in Mozambique

The main sectors in which TFSA works in Mozambique are aquaculture and fruits, nuts and vegetables. Under aquaculture, the main focus is on the domestic tilapia market and for both sectors, much of the trade is dominated by large consolidators, though with production mostly at smallholder level. With 95% of women in Mozambique involved in smallholder agriculture, growing the export of fruits, nuts and vegetables in particular will have a great impact on women’s participation in trade. Both sectors enjoy significant support from government and the donor community to increase output, quality and access to global markets. In addition, a number of medium-sized companies and industry associations could benefit from additional assistance as they emerge and look to supply into regional and global value chains.

TFSA works closely with AMAQUA in aquaculture, and FEMME to improve women’s participation in trade.

Country representative

Tatiana Mata

Tatiana Mata is a Mozambican Agriculture Economist and founder of the ELIM Group of companies in Mozambique. She is a Market Systems Development expert with 19 years of experience in Agribusiness, Rural Development, Development Finance, and Business Development Services in Southern Africa. Ms Mata is also an active contributor to the public-private sector dialogue, having held executive positions in the Mozambican Confederation of Technical Associations (CTA), and presided over one of its founding associations, the Mozambican Fruit Growers’ Association (FRUTISUL).”

Success Stories

“We need to gain a better understanding on the regulatory side in the green technology and renewables sector. It is critically important that we clarify the local regulatory framework and give investors the confidence and incentive to enter the South African market. The impact of us understanding that marketplace and the competencies of South African businesses means that we can increase our exports significantly.”
Chiboni Evans, CEO South African Electronical Export Council (SAEEC)
“The fact that TFSA is very cognisant of gender is really a hugely exciting part of the programme. There is the prospect of real benefits to women in trade, including rural women. If this programme has an impact on alleviating poverty by bringing more women into the value chains, offering them a better lifestyle, then that is a massive positive effect.”
Duncan Bonnet, Director Market Access and Research, Africa House
This process we undertook with TFSA of looking at what is needed to enter the European market has been a real eye opener for us, it really helped us highlight where our gaps are in terms of compliance with regulations and standards. Now we have something constructive to work towards.” Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
“The aquaculture sector in Mozambique is very small and under-developed. TFSA is working with AMAQUA and other associations and organisations to put in some foundational blocks and build the value chain from there – none of this really exists, we pretty much have to build it all from scratch.”
Zerene Haddad, Social Impact Coordinator, Chicoa Fish Farm