Mozambique: Better seeds for better crops

Mozambique: Better seeds for better crops

29/12/2011

FAO and European Union help strengthen Mozambique’s seed sector - FAO has assisted Mozambique in stepping up quality seed production to increase crop yields, something that is crucial to unlocking the country's vast agricultural potential. "Increasing agricultural production in a country whose yields are among the lowest in the world starts with boosting productivity," said José da Graça, who coordinates FAO's European Union-funded effort in Mozambique, explaining FAO's priority support for the seed value chain.

Mozambique has the potential to feed itself, owing to its abundant and largely unexploited land and water resources. But following the global surge in food prices in 2007-2008, local food prices in Mozambique have shot up several times, says Mahomed Valá, National Director of Agrarian Services (DNSA) of the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG). As a result, "it has become crucial to increase production," he says.