<![CDATA[Beira Corridor]]> en Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:04:31 +0300 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:04:31 +0300 5 <![CDATA[Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor drives innovation and delivers results for Mozambican farmers]]> The Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC) initiative is a partnership between the Government of Mozambique, private investors, farmer organisations and international agencies[1]. It was launched in 2010 and aims at promoting increased investments in commercial agriculture and agribusiness within the Beira Corridor (Tete, Sofala and Manica Provinces).

Achievements to date include:

  • 12 investments made by the BAGC Catalytic Fund (managed by AgDevCo) in Mozambican farming and agri-processing businesses, with a total value of $3 million, directly benefitting to date over ten thousand smallholder farmers
  • $95 million raised for irrigation and small farmer support services through partnerships with the World Bank and Alliance for  A Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Mozambique’s first ever weather-index insurance product launched, with Hollard Companhia de Seguros S.A.R.L , protecting smallholder farmers against extreme drought conditions
  • Over $1.2 million invested in research and development of new, locally-adapted seed varieties for basic crops such as maize, groundnuts and cassava

On the occasion of a visit to Maputo by the United Kingdom’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, the BAGC Initiative organized an exhibition on the projects that are funded by DIFD and other programs that have links with British organizations. The event took place on February 13, 2013 in the grounds of IIAM from 13 to 17 pm.

This event was attended by several Mozambican SMEs, financed by the BAGC catalytic Fund, which are operating along the Beira corridor and put on display their products, in particular:

  • Businesses like So Soja, run by a brilliant entrepreneur Lucas Mujuju, who is bringing nutritious and delicious soy-based products to Mozambique’s schools and hospitals.
  • Mozambique Honey Company which is creating a market for high quality honey buying from rural beekeepers, run by Anifa Osman, to be distributed throughout the country by Tropigalia
  • Frutis Lda, owned by the charismatic Sr Issufo Valy who was born on his farm and is now singlehandedly setting about the revival of the fresh fruit industry in the Beira corridor
  • Other corporate partners who work with BAGC Initiative to link smallholder farmers and SMEs to reliable markets, allowing the Initiative to scale up its impact. Like Rio Tinto who are working with the BAGC Initiate to ensure that every vegetable eaten in the mining canteens of Tete has been grown in Mozambican soil; or Cervejas de Moçambique who are buying fair-trade maize from BAGC’s small farmer marketing business ECA.
  • Moreover, there also some financial services companies like Hollard who is working with the BAGC Initiative to introduce innovative drought insurance products for the first time in Mozambique, protecting farmers like Mussa Macaliha from the changing climate

During this occasion  BAGC took the opportunity  to announce three new initiatives that will connect Mozambican farmers to profitable markets

Firstly, in partnership with Rio Tinto Coal Moçambique (RTCM) the BAGC initiative will invest in Mozambican farmers to grow food products to serve the mining communities of Tete. New procurement arrangements will ensure catering companies buy horticulture and livestock products locally where available rather than import food from South Africa.

Secondly, Cervejas de Moçambique will partner for a further three years with the smallholder farmer marketing company, Empresa de Comercialização Agricola (ECA), a social enterprise financed by the BAGC Catalytic Fund and local commercial banks. CDM will purchase maize grits for use in its Chibukku beer and non-alcoholic drinks. The contract is worth approximately $4.5 million, the majority of which will be paid to over 5,000 Mozambican smallholder farmers.

Thirdly, Tropigalia, Mozambique’s largest distributor of branded food products, will partner with the Mozambique Honey Company to sell high quality honey under its Gourmet brand, potentially benefitting over 5,000 beekeepers in Manica and Sofala provinces.

The BAGC believes that catalytic funding  is the solution to the growth and development of  commercial agriculture and agro business. The BAGC Catalytic Fund provides a combination of low-cost capital and "hands on" technical support to help SMEs grow, to the point where they can change to access commercial debt and equity. Another important element is the need for effective Partnerships between Government, Donors and the private sector to address problems of access to agricultural services and infrastructure; issues that are affecting the competitiveness of commercial farming businesses within the corridor.

[1] Funders in Mozambique are the UK’s Department for International Development; the Dutch Embassy and the Norwegian Embassy.

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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0200
<![CDATA[MOU with AGRA]]> The BAGC Partnership, jointly with Cepagri has been awarded an AGRA grant to coordinate implementation of the BAGC Breadbasket Strategy and Investment Plan. The plan sets out a set of interventions for government, development partners (including AGRA) and the private sector to maximize benefits for smallholder farmers and local communities. This will involve specific interventions to address the constraints on smallholder productivity and market access. The overall objective of the grant is to enable BAGC Secretariat/Cepagri to facilitate effective support and implementation of the Breadbasket Investments Plans in the Beira Corridor of Mozambique.

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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0300
<![CDATA[MOU with Ministry of Agriculture (PROIRRI Project)]]> The Ministry of Agriculture and the BAGC Partnership entered into a strategic partnership in the implementation of the World Bank financed, Sustainable Irrigation Project, PROIRRI outgrower business line. The objective of this business line is to promote win-win business arrangements between smallholder farmers associations and private sector operators. Private sector operators could be large scale commercial producers (requiring volumes to meet identified markets) or processing and/or trading companies dealing in a particular commodity. It is envisaged that the project will support the establishment of up to 1,200 ha of out-growers schemes over a period of 4 (four) years. The BAGC secretariat is responsible for identification of projects as well facilitating  the implementation of the identified projects.

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Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0300
<![CDATA[Call for Proposals]]> The Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC) is an initiative of the Government of Mozambique, the private sector and donor agencies to promote increased investments in commercial agriculture and agribusiness within the Beira Corridor. The BAGC has created a Smallholder Support Challenge Fund (SCF) which provides matching grants to eligible organizations for the implementation of innovative models for delivery of agricultural services to market focused smallholder farmers.

The facility will finance a wide range of initiatives involving technology development and transfer, farmer organization and training as well as private sector driven smallholder outgrower schemes. Priority will be given to financing initiatives that can show some impact on beneficiaries within a period of two years.  The BAGC is inviting applications from eligible organisations to prepare and submit proposals to access this facility.

Details on eligibility criteria and guidelines for submitting proposals can be obtained on request from the BAGC Partnership offices in Chimoio and Beira, directly through this website, or through any one of the following contacts:

Call for Proposals for download:

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Thu, 12 Jul 2012 00:00:00 +0300