Increasing Agricultural Production and Productivity in Mozambique

This report summarises and details the drafting, discussion and approval process for the Integrated Agricultural Productivity Program for Mozambique. This Programme has emerged as a response from the International Growth Centre (IGC) to the request for cooperation given by the Ministry of Agriculture of Mozambique to the Director of IGC Mozambique in April 2011. This request sought technical assistance from the IGC in designing a programme which increased the production and agricultural productivity of the country in the short term. This report thus presents, in integrated form, a proposal for policy interventions with a view to raising current levels of agricultural productivity within Mozambique in the short term, i.e. the Integrated Productivity Programme (PIP).

The PIP was developed during the period from April to November 2011, in a process which included the collection of data, the reviewing of existing agricultural policies within Mozambique and internationally, the identification of agricultural potential and constraints within Mozambique and field visits. This process received constant support from the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG),the Ministry of Planning and Development (MPD), the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIC) and from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing (MOPH). The process also benefited, on certain occasions, from fruitful meetings with the Prime Minister of Mozambique and the advisers to the Presidency of the Republic.

Among other elements, the PIP considers the results of a field study carried out in July 2011 in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Tete, as well as the discussions held in Maputo with partners responsible for implementing the PIP.