68% of people in Mozambique live in rural areas (2014), with 57% of the rural population living in poverty (2009) and almost entirely reliant on subsistence and rain-fed agriculture. Poverty is increasing in the central region as a result of low agricultural productivity, limited access to improved seed and fertilisers and a risk of drought. The most vulnerable farmers are women, who face restrictions to land and credit owing to existing gender relations in rural communities.
AgDevCo has been investing in Mozambique since 2009, made possible through support from the Norwegian government. Initial funds were invested on behalf of the BAGC Catalytic Fund and are focused geographically in the Beira corridor – a large area with huge and, as yet, untapped agricultural potential. Funds were boosted in 2011 by a grant from Small Foundation which enabled us to expand our activities and strengthen our operational capability in Mozambique.
Sources: World Bank, FAOSTAT, Global Food Security Index