Mozambique economic profile
Mozambique borders Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Eswatini. Its long Indian Ocean coastline of 2,500 kilometres faces east to Madagascar.
The country is endowed with ample arable land, water, energy as well as mineral resources and newly discovered natural gas offshore. It has three deep seaports and a relatively large potential pool of labour. It is also strategically located with four of the six neighbouring countries being landlocked, and hence dependent on Mozambique as a conduit to global markets. Mozambique’s strong ties to the region’s economic engine, South Africa, underscore the importance of its economic, political and social development to the stability and growth of Southern Africa as a whole. (Source: The World Bank)
TFSA sector work in Mozambique
The main sectors in which TFSA works in Mozambique are aquaculture and fruits, nuts and vegetables. Under aquaculture, the main focus is on the domestic tilapia market and for both sectors, much of the trade is dominated by large consolidators, though with production mostly at smallholder level. With 95% of women in Mozambique involved in smallholder agriculture, growing the export of fruits, nuts and vegetables in particular will have a great impact on women’s participation in trade. Both sectors enjoy significant support from government and the donor community to increase output, quality and access to global markets. In addition, a number of medium-sized companies and industry associations could benefit from additional assistance as they emerge and look to supply into regional and global value chains.
TFSA works closely with AMAQUA in aquaculture, and FEMME to improve women’s participation in trade.