Smallholder farmers in Cabo Delgado often lack the knowledge, information, and resources that would help improve their food security and increase their incomes from agriculture. In response, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) implements activities that help farmers increase production of crops like sesame, maize and horticulture, and engage more successfully with market players.
AKF brings farmers together in Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) so that they can test new production, harvesting, and storage techniques, and build linkages with local markets. These activities currently reach almost 14,000 farmers and are funded by the Government of Canada and the Ford Foundation. In order to connect local producers to national and international markets, AKF has supported over 100 producer associations arrange bulk purchases of inputs and bulk sales of produce, and has facilitated several contracts with international buyers.
These interventions help farmers secure good prices for improved quality products. With funding from USDA, AKF is linking cashew farmers in Cabo Delgado, Nampula, and Zambezia with processing and export facilities, and helping create brand recognition for Mozambican cashew among select global retailers such as Whole Foods.