Sustain Africa initiative announces its programme Mozambique to increase accessibility and affordability to farmers of up to 9,500 metric tonnes of fertilizer to 47,500 farmers.
Sustain Africa initiative announces its programme Mozambique to increase accessibility and affordability to farmers of up to 9,500 metric tonnes of fertilizer. Bags include a balance of planting and top-dressing fertilizers that will be accessible to around 100,000 smallholder households throughout the main and the second cropping season, in traditional retail shops and out grower schemes in Gaza, Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia and Nampula provinces. The rebated fertilizer is supplied by Yara and ETG. Additionally, fruit and vegetable seed packages from Syngenta, crop protection products, assistance with post-harvest crop handling and storage, and farmer training will be provided. AFAP is the implementing partner
Mozambique faces a lack of affordability and shortages to fertilizer and other agriculture inputs, as the war in Ukraine has aggravated COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptions to global supply chains. Rise in transport costs, restrictions on trade and fixed assets credit, loss of urban and international remittances into rural farming communities, and a scaling back of non-agricultural supplies (e.g., hardware, school supplies) have also reduced the purchasing power and viability of smallholder farmers, rural wholesale and retail agrodealers. As the country entered the main planting season in October, the expected drop in the use of agriculture inputs due to price surges and shortages threatens to severely impact food production, food security and rural livelihoods