Project: The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |Conservation Agriculture Promotion - PROMAC
Conservation Agriculture and Climate Change Resilience Farming Techniques and Technology for Food Security in Mozambique
Sector: Food Security, Agriculture, and Climate Change
The Conservation Agriculture Promotion (PROMAC) will continue the Government of Norway’s (GoN) agriculture development work in the upper Zambezia, the Angonia plateau, and the Barue regions of northern Mozambique. The GoN has been working with NCBA CLUSA International since 2007 to support the production, promotion and marketing of soya beans in Mozambique. The goal of PROMAC is to contribute to the long-term, sustainable increase of food security and farmer incomes through the adoption of conservation agriculture practices.
To address food insecurity in Mozambique, NCBA CLUSA has embarked on a five-year, $14,3 million program funded by the GoN. PROMAC will promote the adoption of conservation agriculture (CA) in Mozambique through an approach that builds on existing successes and lessons learned.
The program will train 54,000 farmers in proven CA techniques that will increase yields and incomes, while improving soil fertility. The program will reinforce crop rotation and ensure sustainability through the engagement of private sector service providers. Increasing food security will be achieved by improving availability and access to food. Through CA practices, smallholder farmers will produce approximately 40 - 50% more.
PROMAC will address endemic food security problem through an integrated approach that will:
Expand adoption of conservation agriculture by creating a farmer based extension and technology dissemination system. The program will train 1,200 lead farmers and 30 extension agents, who will train an additional 54,000 farmers;
Increase the adoption of CA practices by at least 50% of targeted smallholder farmers, on 0.5 hectares of land and adoption of CA practices by at least 50% of targeted emerging farmers, on at least 5.0 hectares of their land;
Increase availability of CA-specific goods and services from service providers, through commissioned community based farmer agents to smallholder farmers in target areas;
Increase profitability of CA crops by 25% in gross margins, as compared to conventionally cultivated crops; and
Enhance local investment and economic growth and improved management of natural resources by securing land tenure rights of 14,600 farmers and providing Functional Basic Adult Literacy Education to 14,000 farmers.
Lead and smallholder farmer training and functional literacy and numeracy modules will promote nutrition and include the integration of healthy foods and natural supplements into diets. PROMAC will emphasize women’s participation in all programmatic aspects; support land tenure resolution through land registration; build on literacy, numeracy, health and nutrition training established by the ProSoja Project; and continue to improve value-chain efficiencies created through the organization of farmers, with both formal and informal groups.