Hub agro-dealer model to be implemented in Mozambique
The Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with HUB Technical Assistance at the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnershipâ€™s (AFAP) Maputo office this week.
The MoU was signed by AGMARKâ€™s managing director, James Mutonyi and HUB Technical Assistancesâ€™ CEO, GÃ£stao Figueira with AFAPâ€™s Mozambique country manager, Sergio Ussaca, standing as witness.
HUB Technical Assistance is a Mozambican institution that will implement the Mozambique agro-dealer Development Program (MADEP) which was funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Â four provinces in Mozambique.
Through this partnership, the organisations will implement AGMARKâ€™s hub agro-dealer model and plans on targeting 400 hub agro-dealers. The agro-dealer model has already been a success in Kenya, providing affordable and accessible farming inputs to small holder farmers.
Sergio Ussaca, AFAPâ€™s country manager said signing this memorandum is a landmark towards feeding the future. â€œIt is important for AFAP to make these connections,â€ said Ussaca, â€œthese partnerships maximise our progress rate.â€
The agreement allows for both institutions to identify and train agro-dealers and retailers in fields that include business management, marketing and product handling. The hub agro-dealers and retailers trained will be linked with AFAPâ€™s financial mechanisms to increase small holder farmerâ€™s accessibility and affordability to fertilizers and other farming inputs.
â€œAFAP works to partner with any organizations that support the Comprehensive Agricultural Agenda Developmentâ€™s goals of using agriculture to ensure food and economic security in Africa,â€ said Jason Scarpone, AFAPâ€™s president and CEO.
â€œThis program and partnership between AGMARK and MADEP will contribute to AFAPâ€™s objective of increasing fertilizer userâ€™s and usage,â€ Ussaca said. He added that this will develop sustainable and competitive fertilizer markets.
AGMARK is an AFAP funded Kenyan organization with years of experience on implementing agro-dealer development programs.
Mutonyi explained that hub agro-dealer model owes much of its success to the way it has placed agro-dealers on the doorstep of smallholder farmers.
â€œSmall-holder farmers are always looking for accessibility and affordability more than anything else,â€ said Mutonyi.Â Adding that through the hub agro-dealer model, agro-dealers are all amalgamated in one hub for easy access.
â€œBy reducing distribution bottlenecks in rural markets, hub-agro-dealers reduce costs for farmers while helping agro-dealers make more sales,â€ said Mutonyi.