In Mozambique we support primary cooperatives in different parts of the country and different value chains to be economically successful and sustainable.
On a secondary and tertiary level, we are fostering exchange among cooperatives and explore the possibilities and benefits of formalized structures which create a benefit for members of primary cooperatives.
Since the start of our engagement in Mozambique about 10 years ago we were able to support cooperatives and cooperative structures in Mozambique in order to become a part of the economic cycle and to organize themselves in order to have a voice.
We intend to systematize the experience gained in setting up and professionalizing reference cooperatives to create and develop and test a support program for primary cooperatives which will be used in the years to come. Part of the program is the cooperation with educational institutions as well as the design and implementation of target-group oriented training modules to increase the knowledge, skills, attitude, and behavior of different actors when it comes to cooperatives in Mozambique.
A special focus in our work lays in the development of a youth cooperative sector in order to ensure an inclusive development especially for youth in rural and semi-urban settings.
Mozambique is part of the Regional Project Southern Africa Strengthening Cooperative Economic Cycles in Rural and Semiurban Areas in Selected Southern African Countries (SUCOSA) in which a regional exchange among the different stakeholders of the cooperative sector and supporting organisations including the Governments is supported and fostered.
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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.
Between 2015 and 2021 DGRV has supported cooperatives in different value chains in the framework of the “One World- No Hunger” (SEWOH) initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
We have supported cooperatives in the value chains of Cassava and milk in the provinces of Inhambane, Manica and Sofala.
Together with the cooperatives, farming methods were adjusted, partnerships with up takers and other partners were created and new income streams explored.
Especially the farming methods were adjusted as a reaction to the impact of climate change.
The project which DGRV implemented provided everyday support through Project Coordinators on site which advised on agricultural as well as organizational questions. The income of the Coop members has sustainably increased during the project phase, due to new farming methods, partnerships, and production capacity.
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With assistance of the BMZ – Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development DGRV implements a co-operative development project in Kenya since 2017. Within the framework of this project, DGRV promotes in particular access to educational opportunities and training for Co-operatives. Local project partners and national stakeholders also regard these training measures as a central […]Mas
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