Funded by USAID, this project adopts an innovative model for delivering a program that involves collaboration between two donor countries to help one beneficiary country, in this case, the U.S. and Brazil assisting Mozambique.
The project's primary goals are to reduce hunger and poverty in Mozambique by increasing agricultural productivity, creating economic opportunities and enhancing human nutrition. Partners based in Brazil and Mozambique will include institutes of higher learning and agricultural research agencies. MSU/AFRE researchers are supporting the efforts of colleagues at the University of Florida (UF) who spearheaded the effort to secure the award and implementation.
These two US Universities will work with Embrapa - Brazil's public agricultural research organization - and with Mozambican collaborators in its National Agricultural Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture to improve productivity and marketing of fresh produce in the south of the country. MSU will play two roles in the project: providing empirical research and programmatic guidance for the design of investments in Mozambique's horticultural system, and ensuring rigorous analysis of the impact of the school feeding program on participating children, their families, and farmers that supply the schools with food.