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U.S. and Switzerland Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Support Agribusiness in the North of Mozambique
USAID Deputy Administrator Coleman, Nampula Governor Alberto, and Swiss Ambassador Gaschen sign as witnesses to the joint USAID-Swiss Development Corporation agreement to help farmers and small businesses in Northern Mozambique.

USAID Deputy Administrator Coleman, Nampula Governor Alberto, and Swiss Ambassador Gaschen sign as witnesses to the joint USAID-Swiss Development Corporation agreement to help farmers and small businesses in Northern Mozambique.

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January 31, 2024

PRESS RELEASE

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Empowering Mozambican Farmers: United States and Switzerland Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Support Agribusiness in the North

January 31, 2024 – On Monday in Nampula, the U.S. Government, represented by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) signed an agreement to promote market-based farming in the Nacala Corridor.  Local farmers are the backbone of the region’s workforce, so the agreement promises new opportunities to boost incomes for farmers and small business owners.

The agreement merges USAID’s $25.5 million Feed the Future (FtF) Premier project with SDC’s $6.7 million Oholo project to create the FtF Premier-Oholo (PRO) Partnership.  Operational until June 2027, the partnership provides small business owners with the skills and resources to sell fertilizers and seeds, invests in improved marketing, and helps farmers and business owners make the transition from subsistence agriculture to a market-based system. The activity supports the private sector’s role in boosting farmers’ incomes by creating markets, providing necessary infrastructure, and encouraging local farmers to adopt modern agricultural practices.

USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Colman, currently visiting Mozambique, was the guest of honor at the signing ceremony. She said, ”By boosting market-based agriculture, this partnership will increase incomes and jobs, particularly for youth and women in conflict-affected northern Mozambique.“

Enhancing the competitiveness of the agricultural sector is a critical component of the broader U.S. Government assistance in Mozambique. In close collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique, the U.S. Government provides more than $812 million in annual assistance to help Mozambique build a healthier, more secure, more democratic, and more prosperous country for all citizens.

FeedTheFuture logoFeed the Future is the U.S. government’s initiative to combat global hunger and poverty. It brings partners together to help some of the world’s poorest countries harness the power of agriculture and entrepreneurship to jumpstart their economies and create new opportunities. For more information, visit feedthefuture.gov.

 

USAID LogoThe United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. Government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises.  For more information about USAIDs work, visit www.usaid.gov.

 

For more information about this press release, please contact the U.S. Embassy Maputo Press Office at MaputoPress@state.gov.

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