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Mozambique: Development of CSA Capacity in Cotton Out-grower Schemes

Project Ref Number: 6924-A012

Active period and status: Project in implementation – January 2017 to December 2017.

Objectives:
VUNA in liaison with DFID in Mozambique engaged in discussions with key stakeholders in the cotton sector, including firms, farming associations, and established the challenges and opportunities within the sub-sector. Based on the outcomes of this process this project will seek to develop a private sector driven CSA aligned extension service in the cotton sector that improves the yields of participating smallholder farmers. It will therefore focus on three interrelated activities of

  • Strengthening company provided extension services – to enhance smallholder productivity and cotton ginnery efficiencies.
  • Strengthening Seed Systems – smallholder cotton farmers in Mozambique have ready access to climate appropriate seed produced under similar agro-climatic conditions,
  • Strengthening association-provided extension services – greater understanding and strengthening of the farmer led extension systems in the cotton sector in Mozambique.

Target Problem:
Despite the cotton sector’s potential, it remains uncompetitive, depriving Mozambique of the possible benefits of this historically important crop. The average production levels per smallholder farmer remain low and cotton ginneries are operating below capacity. Smallholder farmers lack access to appropriate extension support to cope with climate variability.
Summary approach: The project will be delivered through grants to competitively procured implementing partners as well as TA according to Vuna protocol. This project will seek to develop a private sector driven CSA aligned extension service in the cotton sector that improves the yields of participating smallholder farmers. It will therefore focus on three interrelated activities of

  • strengthening company provided extension services- to enhance smallholder productivity and cotton ginnery efficiencies.
  • strengthening Seed Systems – smallholder cotton farmers in Mozambique have ready access to climate appropriate seed produced under similar agro-climatic conditions,
  • strengthening association provided extension services- greater understanding and strengthening of the farmer led extension systems in the cotton sector in Mozambique.

Implementing partners: OLAM

Results / findings to date: Project recently contracted and grantee orientation conducted. The grantee has recruited farmers 5,414 farmers of which 32 percent are female farmers. OLAM has recruited and trained 100 lead farmers in CSA.