Through various regional, national and cross-cutting initiatives, the Trade Hub is working with Mozambique to increase competitiveness, improve agricultural products and services, and strengthen the textiles and apparel sector.
Groundnut Aflatoxin Mitigation Trainings: The Trade Hub has been working with partner organizations to train small farmers, farmer trainers and processors on techniques for prevention of incidence of/removing of aflatoxin in groundnuts.
Grain Grading and Storage Management Training: In support of increased regional grain trade and regional food security, the Trade Hub is supporting the improved grain storage and grading practices in the region through training grain warehouse staff, National Food Re-serve Agencies, private traders, feed and grain mills and other grain processors on techniques to improve grain storage management.
Warehouse Receipts System: A warehouse receipt system (WRS), allows farmers to deposit their product at an accredited warehouse and receive a receipt for collateral which grants them access to credit; the farmer then has the option to sell when market prices are more favorable. In Mozambique, the Trade Hub has developed a first of its kind WRS pilot with private sector partners, ETG Mozambique and Cargill. Five warehouses in Beira and Chimoio will start issuing electronic warehouse receipts in June 2015. The Trade Hub is also working with Mozambique to attain membership of the Africa Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) to be able to take advance of the agency’s export and investment insurance, which will support the WRS.
Commercial Laboratory Development: In October 2014 the Trade Hub awarded a grant to Intertek to increase the capacity of its Agricultural Testing Laboratory in Beira Mozambique to provide Aflatoxin and Wet Chemistry testing. The increased laboratory capacity will afford commercial traders and other grain agricultural stakeholders the op-portunity to have cheaper and quicker analysis done in country, thus enhancing the competitiveness of Mozambique Agriculture on the regional and global markets and reducing exposure to potentially toxic risks in the food chain in Mozambique.
Improved Seed Quality: Following successful seed trials to identify suitable parent seed (sponsored by the Trade Hub through a grant with Capstone Seeds), the Trade Hub provided a grant to Central African Seed Services, South Africa, to partner with local firm Ag-Seeds, to develop a seed multiplication, seed cleaning, and conditioning plant in Mozambique to increase groundnut and soy certified seed production. 40 MT of groundnut and 80 MT of soy certified seed will be made available to small-scale farmers in the first year (2014-2015), with 75 MT groundnut and 175 MT soy certified seed made available to small-scale farmers in the second year of this project. Good quality seed will allow farmers to increase their yields, food security and incomes.
Regional Seed System Harmonization: The Trade Hub is carrying out a review of current legislation in Mozambique to align seed regulations to the SADC Harmonised Seed Regulations System (HSRS). Regional harmonization of seed regulations will increase the timely availability of quality seed to farmers, increasing food security and self sufficiency.
Better Farming Practices: The Trade Hub has awarded a partnership grant to Solidaridad to improve soil structure and nutrition in the Chimoio district, Manica Province, by giving farmers access to improved seeds, extension services and markets for targeted crops, improving food security, nutrition, and diversification of revenue streams. The Trade Hub is providing gender training to promote the use of gender sensitive and participatory approaches in the implementation of the activities in the soy and groundnut value chains to improve food security and achieve sustainable and equitable development.
Agricultural Market Linkages: Through a Trade Hub grant, Cargill has partnered with Empresa de Comercialização Agrícola Ltd (ECA) in Mozambique to create market linkages for 8,000 – 10,000 small-holder farmers living in rural Africa. Through a network of buying stations, Cargill will be able to collect and store the maize and/or soybean crop, supporting area farmers with a local market and guaranteeing a sustainable supply for its customers. Certified grain storage will increase from 3,000 tons to 15,000 tons in the region.
Textile and Apparel Trade and Investment Promotion: The Trade Hub completed a SWOT analysis on the textiles and garment sector in Mozambique in 2012 aimed at helping Mozambique attract additional value investment in the sector. The Trade Hub continues to support the participation of Mozambican firms in Source Africa, the Trade Hub supported textiles and apparel trade show event held in Cape Town.
Better Standards: The SA Trade Hub assessed Mozambique’s current standards and quality infrastructure as well as its standards development process to identify areas for assistance. Mozambique’s Instituto Nacional de Normalização e Qualidade (National Institute for Standardization and Quality/INNOQ) and the Trade Hub agreed on the following areas for technical assistance: improving the enquiry point, training on certification and standards development, awareness, and establishing an Enquiry Point Coordinating Committee. In May 2015, the Trade Hub held a workshop on Good Standardization Practices with INNOQ.
Improving the Business Enabling Environment: National Enquiry Points (NEPs) provide information portals where domestic and foreign producers, consumers or government entities can obtain information on a WTO member's technical regulations, standards, and certification procedures. The Trade Hub is working with Mozambique to improve the efficiency of its NEP with training and IT equipment.
Assistance on Standards: The Trade Hub is implementing a technical assistance and capacity building program for the Mozambique Instituto Nacional de
Normalização e Qualidade (National Institute for Standardization and Quality/INNOQ) to establish an effective World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) National Enquiry Point (NEP) and Notification Authority; improve the standards development process; strengthen the legal and regulatory framework; and enhance outreach and communication efforts to ensure that private sector is more aware and involved in standardization activities.