Project completed

The demand for horticultural products in the Nacala corridor is rising but increasingly met by imports. Small-scale farmers have not been able to seize the opportunities of this growing market. HortiSempre aims at addressing the key bottlenecks (with a special focus on promoting micro-irrigation solutions) in the production of existing locally grown horticultural products with the objective to increase farmers’ revenue.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Nacala Corridor in Nampula Province mainly in Nampula, Malema, Ribaué e Nacala e Monapo Districts.
Employment & economic development
Business support & economic inclusion
SME development
01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016
CHF 5'402'000

Although the economy has grown over the last 5 years, poverty remains high in the North of Mozambique. Growth has become less pro-poor, especially in rural areas, suggesting the existence of a poverty trap. The latest results

of the agricultural census (2010) confirmed that 70% of the population in rural areas are dependent on agriculture. 60% live below the national average poverty line. Therefore, agriculture is the foundation of the Northern Mozambican economy employing 80% of the active population and contributing up to 25% to the regional gross domestic product.

As such, poverty reduction is linked to the development of agriculture. The production of horticultural products offers great opportunities in terms of income generation in the area, as it is characterized by short production cycles, is labour intensive, and requires a low level of investment.


To increase the income of 4.000 small scale horticultural producers in the Nacala corridor, favouring the inclusion of women. The project adopts a Market System Development approach by identifying viable horticultural value chains in which existing private sector players are operating and which provide significant scope for small-holder participation.

Target groups




  • Small-scale farmers (up to 1 hectare of land devoted to horticulture) producing horticultural products for local markets
  • Suppliers of agriculture inputs (seed, agriculture and micro-irrigation equipment)
  • Vegetable and horticulture retailers or buyers
  • Training and research institutions linked to horticulture



    Medium-term outcomes




  • Small scale horticultural producers have become more responsive to market demands
  • Local procurement from small scale horticultural producers by medium and large scale buyers is increased
  • Supply of support for small scale horticulture producers by the private and public sector is improved




    1. Access to new, affordable seed varieties: Facilitate the introduction of new varieties from Brazil, adapted to tropical conditions, and the expansion of seed providers in Northern Mozambique.

    2. Affordable Irrigation Solution: Facilitate the introduction of the “hip-pump” systems in Mozambique as the most affordable irrigation solution.

    3. Improved Practices: Facilitate cluster strengthening, and support the introduction of tropical greenhouses and mini-tunnels in Northern Mozambique.

    4. Nampula as Horticultural hub of Northern Mozambique: Reduce losses and create added value through the introduction of new packaging (plastic boxes and mesh nets), linking wholesalers to clusters and institutional clients.


    Expected results:  

  • Producers will have access to agro-inputs (seed, fertilizers, pesticide and micro-irrigation solutions) as well as innovative cultivation practices and know-how.
  • Marketing linkages will be established between medium and large-scale buyers, agro-processors and small-scale horticulture producers.

  • Results from previous phases:  

    • New seeds: registered 11 new varieties adapted to tropical climate from Brazil and facilitated the import of 202 kg of seed benefiting approximately 2,000 farmers (with an estimated $50 to $150 additional income/per capita); linked four seed providers with Brazilian seeds producers/exporters; facilitated the establishment of a national seed provider (LUSOSEM) in Northern Mozambique (300 kg seeds/ sale/year).
    • Affordable Irrigation Solution: facilitated the import of “hip-pump” irrigation SYSTEM in Mozambique through a private sector provider - FORMEX. FORMEX sold 443 systems (200 at market price, 243 subsidized at 60%) benefiting 1,413 farmers and creating an additional income per capita of $91. The availability of irrigation boosted the expansion of cultivated land (+27%).
    • New Practices: facilitated the installation of 12 tropical greenhouses (pilot test). HortiSempre also facilitated the start of new horticulture related industry of domestic seed production and seedlings.
    • Nampula as Hub: facilitated the creation of the first association of horticulture wholesalers (Agrowam). Through the association, the project introduced new packaging (plastic boxes and mesh nets), generating additional income of $96 per capita through sorting and grading. It benefited 2,628 farmers.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    International or foreign NGO
    Private sector
    Swiss Non-profit Organisation
    • Other international or foreign NGO North
    • Foreign private sector South/East
    • Swisscontact
    • Consortium Swisscontact/GFA

    Other partners

    Coordination and synergies with other projects and actors as FIDES (Financial Systems Development Services, INOVAGRO, Local Government, Micro-irrigation Partners (NGOs, research institutes), Private Sector Providers (wholesale buyers, input providers, financial institutions).

    Transversal themes

    The project has identified and will introduce specific women targeted activities that include planting small peri-urban orchards and setting-up protected clusters (greenhouses) for vegetable cultivation. In parallel, the project will also test the concept of “Nutritional Days at Schools” with the participation of women (pupil’s mothers) aimed at raising awareness on the nutritional value of horticultural products. This activity will also stimulate vegetable and fruit production and consumption in the Nacala Corridor.

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   5'402'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   5'331'878
    Project phases Phase 2 02.01.2017 - 31.12.2021   (Current phase)

    Phase 1 01.11.2011 - 31.12.2016   (Completed)