Mozambique’s economic profile
Mozambique is endowed with ample arable land, water, and energy as well as mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore. It has three deep seaports and a relatively large pool of potential labour. It is also strategically located with four of the six neighbouring countries being landlocked, which are 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 production is mostly at a 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 the government and the donor community to increase output, quality and access to global markets. In addition, several 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 to improve participation in trade. TFSA’s work with the Chamber of Commerce of Mozambique (CCM) and the Fruit Growers Association of Mozambique (FRUTISUL) has helped farmers improve quality and output while meeting international market standards and improving access to export markets. To meet the capacity-building needs of women operating outside of the selected priority sectors; Idealab and AWIB were the delivery partners who supported 37 women-owned businesses complete the Export Trade Training programme. To learn more about the impact of our partnerships download the Mozambique report found below.