New rural finance project to help boost rural enterprise sector in Mozambique
A new Rural Enterprise Finance Project (REFP), which will help more than 287,700 rural people engaged in agriculture, fisheries and small and medium-sized enterprises in 10 provinces improve their access to national and regional markets, was launched on 15 July in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique.
The project, financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of Mozambique, was launched at a start-up workshop involving project participants, government officials and IFAD staff, including Adriano Ubisse, National Director of Treasury of Mozambique, and Robson Mutandi, IFAD’s Representative and Country Director to Mozambique.
Despite the opportunities created by rising demand for food, rural people are often held back by a lack of resources, services and access to markets. Furthermore, the key constraint is credit and banking services.
''IFAD is a historic and strategic partner for the Government of Mozambique with interventions in agriculture, fisheries, rural finance and rural development,'' said Ubisse. ''REFP is a new intervention with an innovative implementation approach which will add value to all IFAD-supported projects in my country.''
The total cost of the programme is US$72.5 million, including a $62.1 million grant from IFAD. The programme will be cofinanced by the Government of Mozambique ($4.3 million), the beneficiaries themselves ($1.1 million) and the private sector ($5.0 million).
Reed the announcement here.