In November 2015, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub closed out its strategic partnership grant (SPG) to non-profit organization Solidaridad, having achieved its goal of directly benefiting thousands of farmer families in the low-income rural areas of Mozambique’s Manica province.
The grant, which was awarded to Solidaridad in 2013, set out to improve soil fertility through crop rotation as well as diversify the diets and income sources of beneficiaries. For the current agricultural season, Solidaridad provided seeds for 200 lead farmer demonstration plots, up from the 150 that were used as farmer field schools during the grant life span. In the 2015/2016 season, 4,000 smallholder farming families are expected to receive seed from the seed loan facility created from the SPG in 2014 when farmers multiplied open pollinated groundnut seeds.
“It was good to work with the Trade Hub: the processes were flexible [and] Trade Hub staff [were] proactive…if we had an opportunity to work with the Trade Hub again, we would,” said Solidaridad Mozambique Country Programme Manager Francisco Nhanale. He continued on to explain that groundnuts act as both a food and cash crop for smallholder farming families.
Photo: The Trade Hub’s Osadi Kebasitile and Solidaridad Mozambique Country Programme Manager Francisco Nhanale signing the grant close-out documents