In Mozambique we offer our support through two projects financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). One project is part of the Special Initiative «One World- No Hunger» (SEWOH)- Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector in cooperation with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internatinale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Mozambique in southern Africa has faced immense challenges since its independence in 1975. After 16 years of civil war and a huge negative impact of Global Warming it is one of the least developed countries in the world (Place 180 of 189 in the Human Development Index). Even so about 80% of the population is working in the agricultural sector, the development of structures which support cooperatives in the country remains a challenge due to, among others, the perception of cooperatives as a socialistic and government ruled sector.
DGRV is supporting cooperative structures in Mozambique since about 10 years. We are supporting a number of organisations and cooperatives in various sectors financed by the German Ministry for Development and Cooperation (BMZ).
Our work in Mozambique is part of a regional program including South Africa, Malawi, eSwatini and other countries.
Our project work included and includes among many other:
– Implementation of the ILO training “MyCoop” together with the Union of smallholder farmers;
– Market Linkage and production support for primary cooperatives;
– Support to the design, implementation and divulgation of a new cooperative law in Mozambique;
– Support to the APEX Body of cooperatives;
– Support to individual cooperatives for example in the Mandioca and Milk sector;
– Implementation of a Cooperative training scheme;
– Groundwork on the future creation of Renewable Energy Cooperatives;
– Support to and cooperation with the Service Cooperative MIRUKU COOP.
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MIRUKU COOP is a service cooperative in the province of Nampula, northern Mozambique, supports the improvement of small, emerging farmers and cooperatives in the identification of business opportunities, market linkage and cooperative management.
In Mozambique our project in the framework of the Special Initiative One World No Hunger is focusing on improving the value chain of Cassava-Cooperatives in the province of Inhambane.
Together with the cooperatives, farming methods are being adjusted, partnerships with up takers and other partners are being created and new income streams explored.
The adjustment of the farming methods which hasn’t changed of the last decades is more important year by year. If no adjustments are made the yield will decrease due to the impact of climate change.
The project which DGRV implements provides everyday support through our Project Coordinator on site which advises on agricultural as well as organizational questions.
The income of the Coop members has sustainably increased over the last years, due to new farming methods, partnerships and production capacity.
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