Mozambique

Country Profile
Mozambique
In Mozambique, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Mozambique and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
6.48
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
54.7
Percent
Percentage of population living below the national poverty line (World Bank, 2009)
Stunting
44
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting (UNICEF, 2008)
Rural
68
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Mozambique (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
7.1
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 29 percent of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
63.8
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
27
Million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
575
Thousand
People trained in child health and nutrition in FY13
Land
47.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
6.26
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Mozambique has among the best records of sustained economic growth in Africa

The Republic of Mozambique has among the best records of sustained economic growth in Africa, averaging 8 percent per year over the last decade. However, poverty and undernutrition rates remain high in a country that is acutely vulnerable to drought, flooding, climate change and tropical storms.

Poverty and food insecurity are the main underlying causes of chronic undernutrition in Mozambique, which currently affects 44 percent of children under 5 years old. Food availability is also limited by low yields and inadequate access to markets for many of its citizens.

By improving access to improved agricultural inputs, enhancing access

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 63,800 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 47,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold more than $27 million (USD) worth of agricultural products
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $6.26 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Mozambique
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs trained more than 575,000 people in child health and

Mozambique has the potential to become a breadbasket for the region, with vast amounts of available fertile land and its beneficial geographic location along major trade corridors and ports. Agriculture is a key component of the economy, accounting for over 24 percent of gross domestic product and 80 percent of the labor force, and is critical for economic development and poverty alleviation.

With improved inputs and practices, Mozambique’s farmers could, on average, triple their crop yields.

Under the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, the Government of Mozambique

USAID activities in Mozambique:

  • Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development
  • Development Credit Authority Loan Portfolio Guarantee
  • Enabling Agricultural Trade
  • Marketplace for Nutritious Foods
  • Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services
  • Mozambique Capacity for Improved Agriculture and Nutrition, Policy and Planning project
  • Platform for Agriculture Research and Technology Innovation
  • Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development

Other Feed the Future-supported programs at work in Mozambique

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Mozambique