Mozambique's 'growth corridor' hopes to tackle poverty and turn a profit

Published on 11 December 2012

"If we do not invest in our smallholder farmers, then poverty will always be around us. I believe you can have a vibrant small farming sector underpinned by the commercial sector," said Emerson Zhou, the executive director of the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC), the body tasked with building a relationship between smallholder farmers and big food purchasers, like the World Food Programme (WFP). (..) He believes that the Beira corridor experiment he heads, if successful, will spawn the growth of a commercial farming services sector that will ultimately do away with the need for government to distribute inputs – such as seed and fertiliser – to smallholders.

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