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Improving Productivity and Market Access of Smallholders Cattle Farmers in Mozambique and Zambia (FIGMDP/18)


Collaborating Institutions:


-National Directorate of Livestock (DINAP), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mozambique;

-Department of Veterinary and Livestock Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Zambia


The project is aimed at improving the volume and value of the marketable off-take of live beef cattle through the enhanced productivity and quality of livestock, thereby increasing the incomes and livelihoods of traditional small and medium scale cattle farmers in the selected regions of Mozambique and Zambia. A total of 2000 cattle farmers, evenly spread between the two implementing countries are directly targeted by the project. The project undertakes numerous training courses on a broad range of topics linked to livestock productivity and marketing. Other activities include training of farmers, lead-farmers and facilitators, especially on areas of market access, improved feeds and feeding and animal health services. The combination of training and extension services will offer small & medium scale farmers the opportunity to market their cattle to the best advantage, thus benefiting of increased incomes, as a result of improved productivity of livestock and improved access to the formal market for their live cattle. The project was effectively launched in August 2011 in Maputo, Mozambique. Since then, activities focused on finalizing the base line study on the livestock sector and organizing field facilities.