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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:

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:

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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Launched at the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC) is a partnership between governments, private investors, donor agencies and regional organisations which aims to boost agricultural productivity in Mozambique and the wider region. The Beira Corridor has offices and Maputo and can be contacted through this website.

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