In Mozambique, agriculture accounts for 31.8% of the GDP and employs 81% of the population. The majority of production is undertaken by smallholder families under rain-fed systems. The World Bank ASRA 2015 prioritized drought, flood, cyclone, pests and diseases, price volatility, exchange rate volatility and input volatility as the key risks affecting agricultural production and market. At the macro-level, the enabling environment is relatively weak, but stable with much limited risk for the agricultural sector.
Parm Phases Status
November 2014 - First Country Contacts
PARM established its first country contacts with the Ministry of Agriculture during the FARM-D Annual Conference organized by the World Bank in South Africa.
August 2015 - World Bank Agriculture Sector Risk Assessment for Mozambique
The World Bank’s Agricultural Risk Management Team (ARMT) conducted an agricultural sector risk assessment in Mozambique 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),
- incorporate agricultural risk perspective into decision making, and
- 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.
March 2016 - Setting- up Mission
PARM organized its first setting-up mission to Mozambique on 7-11 March 2016. The team met the Permanent Secretary of the MASA and the directors of the Planning and Cooperation Directorate and the Extension Service Directorate (DNEA) at MASA. These agencies confirmed the GoM’s interest to integrate ARM into strategic development policies.
Potential areas for PARM’s actions were agreed on ARM financial tools, information system, and capacity building.
Meeting were held with national and international stakeholders to discuss the PARM process and identify potential synergies to support PARM’s activities.
September to December 2016 - Plan for the First Capacity Development Seminar
A Capacity Development Seminar was planned for the Fall (September to December) 2016, to be organized in partnership with the government and NEPAD. It aimed at introducing national stakeholders (from government agencies, farmers organizations, and private sector) to PARM’s risk assessment methodology, the holistic approach to ARM, and an overview of ARM tools.
March 2016 - Kick-off Process in Stand-by
Despite the different attempts to establish contact with the MASA and to kick-off the PARM process in Mozambique, the Secretariat did not receive any formal expression of interest from the Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, no ARM focal point was nominated for the PARM process.
June 2017 - Suspension of PARM Process in Mozambique
After official coordination with the Steering Committee members, the Secretariat decided to suspend their engagement with the Government of Mozambique given the difficulties to reach the Ministry of Agriculture.