About the Mozambique Country Platform

Prolinnova-Mozambique is a network that promotes local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management in Mozambique. The network builds on and scales up farmer-based approaches to development. It strives to stimulate and enhance partnerships among the various stakeholders in research and development, mainly among farmers, extension workers and researchers. 

The network was established in late 2006. Since mid-2008, its National Secretariat is hosted by the local NGO ADCR (Associação para o Desenvolvimento das Comunidades Rurais / Association for Development of Rural Communities), based in Xai-Xai, Gaza Province. 

Besides the five NSC members (see below) and the host organisation ADCR, Prolinnova-Mozambique works with eight partner organisations, based mainly in Gaza Province: ACOSADE, AREPACHO, KUVUMBANA, Nupuwele, DPA (Gaza Provincial Directorate of Agriculture), PEDALAR, Save the Children in Gaza Province, and Twanano. 

Since its creation, Prolinnova-Mozambique has carried out the following major activities:

  • Conducting a survey on ethnoveterinary  practices in Chicualacuala and Chigubo Districts in partnership with the Veterinary Faculty of Eduardo Mondlane University (2007)
  • Documenting local innovations in six districts of Gaza Province (2009-10)
  • Conducting a pilot study on local innovation in the face of HIV/AIDS (2008-10)
  • Holding various workshops and organising courses on promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development (PID)
  • Implementing a joint project "Promoting Local Innovation for Endogenous and Sustainable Development” in partnership with CIC-Bata and UNAC (Mozambique National Union of Peasants) (2009)
  • Executing two joint experiments (partnership among farmers and scientists from educational institution ISPG: one on a local bio-pesticide, another investigating social aspects in using a locally made wooden oxcart (2010)
  • Presentation of its work at the ENLACE D meeting in Córdoba, Spain (2011).

As of February 2018, the members of the National Steering Committee are:

  1. Romuald Rutazihana, independent – Chair
  2. Ms Miriam Morgado, Kulima (Organismo Sócio Económico para o Desenvolvimento / Organisation for Socio-Economic Development) – co-Vice-Chair
  3. Claudio Machabana, UNAC (União Nacional de Camponeses / Mozambican Farmers' Union) – co-Vice-Chair
  4. Nelson Mesquita, Mahlahle, ISPG Instituto Superior Politécnico de Gaza (Gaza Higher Polytechnic Institute) – co-Secretary
  5. Ms Cristina Natália, CTO (Centro de Theatro do Oprimido / Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed) – co-Secretary
  6. Ms Gilda Fafitine, ADCR (Associação para o Desenvolvimento das Comunidades Rurais / Association for Rural Community Development) – ex officio member as Prolinnova–Mozambique coordinator

Prolinnova-Mozambique activity report 2017

Prolinnova–Mozambique implemented considerably more activities in 2017 compared to the previous year. The Country Platform (CP) carried out a refresher course on local innovation and Participatory Innovation Development (PID), renewed and strengthened its National Steering Committee, appointed focal points at provincial and district levels, published a catalogue of local innovations and planned its activities for 2018. The annual report gives a detailed account of the CP's achievements in 2017, and includes the backstopping visit to Mozambique by Brigid Letty from Prolinnova–South Africa, which was planned for 2017 but could be made only in early 2018.

Cases of local innovation in Mozambique

Member organisations of Prolinnova-Mozambique contributed cases of local innovation to this catalogue that covers the period from 2008 to 2017. Most of these are cases that have been encountered during the partners' day-to-day interactions with smallholder farmers in the villages where the organisations work.

Refreshing PID in Mozambique

In collaboration with Vicente Zefanias, Romualdo Rutazihana conducted a two-day refresher course in November 2017 for more than 20 participants from Prolinnova-Mozambique partner organisations. A third day was set aside for elections: one focal point was elected for each of the three provinces where the network is operating (Maputo, Gaza & Inhambane). The workshop participants asked Romualdo to take the chair of the National Steering Committee, as he has been with Prolinnova-Mozambique from the outset and has the longest institutional memory. During the same meeting, the network reviewed the new catalogue of local innovations to be published in December 2017.

Some activities of Prolinnova–Mozambique in 2015

The Country Platform in Mozambique has been facilitating farmer-to-farmer sharing about local innovations with the support of the Catalonian NGO CIC-batá in Spain. Some of these activities in 2015 are described in this brief annual report in Portuguese and English.

PROLINNOVA–Mozambique 2011 Summary Report

Summary report compiled by CP coordinator Gilda Fafitine
(PDF file ; size : 71 KB)

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