USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is supporting the creation of a Market Information System (MIS) that will provide transparent market prices and comprehensive information to support the agriculture sector in Mozambique.
Service provider Blink Media SA is putting the finishing touches on the Market Information System (MIS), which is scheduled to launch January 11-14, 2016. The transparent market prices and targeted information made available by the MIS are seen as key factors to encourage structured trade and utilization of the Warehouse Receipt System (WRS) that is also supported by the Trade Hub in Mozambique.
Implementation of the MIS commenced in December 2015 with field data and market price information for selected commodities (maize, soybeans, pigeon peas, sesame seed, sunflower seed, groundnuts, and wheat) collected from specified locations by field agents using smart phones and tablets. Market data will be transferred from the internal data platforms of non-profit Cooperative League of the USA (CLUSA), Trade Hub private sector partner Cargill, and Banco Oportunidade de Mozambique (BOM) into the AgriInfo IT platform, which will be accessible via the WRS website (www.mozwarehouse.com). As part of the anticipated January 2016 launch, Cargill, CLUSA and BOM extension agents will be trained on the system.
Photo: An example of the data available on the new MIS web platform