Mozambique is prone to several agricultural risks that threaten food availability and affordability. Among disaster risks, floods during the wet season between December and February are relatively frequent and damaging, as showed by the early 2015 floods. Droughts and epidemics are also frequent, while cyclones along the Mozambican coastline are not always destructive. The variability of prices can be large and often driven by production shocks and market: in the north, mainly due to local regional conditions; in the south, due to international price movements.
Parm Phases Status
First Country Contacts, November 2014
PARM has started its first country contacts with the Ministry of Agriculture during the FARM-D Annual Conference organized by the World Bank in South Africa.
World Bank - Agriculture Sector Risk Assessment, August 2015
The Agricultural Risk Management Team (ARMT) of the Agriculture and Environment Services (AES) Department of the World Bank, at the request of the G-8, conducted an agricultural sector risk assessment in Mozambique with several goals: to provide a robust analytical underpinning to the Strategic Plan for the Development of the Agrarian Sector (PEDSA) and the National Investment Plan for the Agrarian Sector in Mozambique (PNISA), to incorporate agricultural risk perspective into decision making, and to build the capacity of local stakeholders in risk assessment and management.
The Mozambique Agriculture Sector Risk Assessment was presented in Maputo on April 18, 2013 and published on August 2015.
Setting- up Mission, March 2016
PARM organised its setting-up mission to the country from 7-11 March 2016, to get the official commitment of the Government of Mozambique and to develop a road map to initiate the discussion on the integration of agricultural risk management (ARM) into national rural and agricultural strategic development policies, plans and budget.
Different meetings with national and international stakeholders actives on ARM contributed to mainstream PARM process and identify potential synergies to support PARM studies and capacity development.
COMING-UP: Capacity Development Seminar, Fall 2016
The first Capacity Development Seminar should take place in the fall, in partnership with the government and NEPAD. It will provide national stakeholders from government agencies, farmers organizations and private sector an introduction to the holistic approach to Agricultural Risk Management, the methodology of PARM to assess risks, and an overview of tools used to manage agricultural risks.
Kick-off process in stand-by, March 2016
Despite the different attempts to enter in contact with the MASA to kick-off the process, PARM secretariat did not receive any communication from the Ministry of Agriculture since March 2016. In addition, the new ARM focal point is not yet nominated or no communication has been shared with PARM on the matter.
Suspension of PARM process in Mozambique, June 2017
After official coordination with the Steering Committee members, it has been decided that the process in Mozambique will be suspended given the difficulties to reach the Ministry of Agriculture.