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Interested in exploring business opportunities in the agricultural sector in Mozambique?

Wageningen UR's Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)  has cooperated with the Zambezi Valley Development Agency (ZVDA) on the creation of a set of interesting business cases in Mozambique’s agriculture sector, all of which are the result of extensive local research.

The Netherlands-African Business Council would like to  introduce these business cases to you, as we believe they provide a strong starting point for (further) exploring business opportunities in Mozambique. 

Interested in the business cases and Mozambique? 
1. Request the original business cases via email (contact Marlou Rijk at
2. Join the agriculture business development trip to Mozambique (August 31- September 4)
3. Attend FACIM trade fair in Mozambique - incl. possibility of a stand

Tailor-made business plans

CDI and ZVDA have developed a series of business plans to help Dutch companies look into the opportunities the market has to offer. These agri-business cases center focus on five sectors: potatoes, cold-chain, aquaculture, dairy and poultry:

-Seed: A common challenge faced by small-scale farmers is the access to high-quality seed potatoes. In Mozambique, high prices and unreliable seed material take a toll on many rural households. The seed programme proposed in this business plan intends to provide reliable and clean seed potatoes at an affordable price. Click here for the business case!

-Ware potatoes: The upmarket ware potato chains is set at a volume of 1,300 tonnes per year replacing imports of graded, washed and packed potatoes from South Africa. The business plan details the process through which a branded potato value chain can be created in the Zambezi Valley region. This includes imports of seed potato from South Africa, local multiplication and value addition in a pack house facility. Click here for the business case!

-Processing:  the processing business plan proposes the creation of two small-scale processing industries (can be financed separately) for potato in the Zambezi Valley, starting in Tete province. One is dedicated to frozen French fries and the second industry is designed to process potatoes into chips. Click here for the business case!

Cold Chain
The focus of this business plan is on pre-cooling,  cold storage and refrigerated transport. The goal of this business plan is two-fold:
- To present various scenarios for refrigerated value chains to store and process vegetables
- To provide the business case for investment opportunities in cold chains for Mozambican and foreign entrepreneurs.
Click here for the business case!

-Cagefarming: Cage farming in Lake Cahora Bassa is expected to grow within 5 years into an industry producing annually a few thousand tons. The tropical climate and high water quality are favorable for fish production. The volume of fish catch is expected to remain stable in the coming years. With a growing middle class nearby, demand for freshwater fish is increasing. Click here for the business case!

-Pond farming: Aquaculture is a relatively new activity in Mozambique. In 2011 the freshwater aquaculture production of Mozambique was estimated at 800 tonnes of which 288 tons of tilapia.This business plan considers opportunities to create aquaparks that locally connect the fish farmers to fish traders and local aquaculture technical service. . The climate and water quality are favourable for fish production, and the fast economic developments in the region will facilitate fish sales. Click here for the business case!

- Fish feed company: As no fish feed is produced in Mozambique, fish feeds are bought abroad.
Costs of imported feeds are high because of transport and tax (VAT 17%) have to be paid when importing fish feeds. Click here for the business case!

- Milk collection points
There is a clear demand for dairy products in Mozambique, as the import from milk and milk products from surrounding countries is high. The current production of local fresh milk is limited. This business plan describes  the establishment of a milk collection centre with a storage capacity of 2000 litres of milk. This milk will be collected from several dairy farms in the surroundings of the centre. Click here for the summary of this business plan.

- Dairy processing centre
This business plan deals with the establishment of a dairy processing plant with a capacity of processing 10.000 litres of milk daily. This milk will be processed into pasteurized drinking milk and yoghurt. Current dairy supply is importedad therefore expensive. The market for locally produced and thus cheaper dairy products is large enough to justify various investments such as a dairy plant. Click here for the summary of this business plan.

  -Slaughterhouse: Slaughtering and processing of broilers is in Mozambique in most cases done by the consumers themselves, apart from the broilers produced in full integrations. For a professional and efficient growth of the poultry industry there is a need to organise the slaughtering of the broilers efficiently, but also hygienically. This business case provides a layout and projections for a slaughter facility in the Zambezi Valley. Click here for the summary of this business plan.

  -Hatchery: Poultry meat production has been a success story in Mozambique over the past ten years. From a high dependency on import, the self-sufficiency has grown quickly to presently 75%. The main clients for the day old chicks are the growing number of broiler farmers in Tete Province. The market for broilers in Tete is estimated to grow to 10 million broilers annually in the coming years. Click here for the summary of this business plan. 

  -Feed: This business plan focusses on the establishment of a poultry feed factory, one of the essential elements of a sustainable and profitable poultry meat value chain. Poultry feed is the most important input required to produce broilers. Three types of broiler feed are produced: starter feed, grower feed and finisher feed. There is a growing demand for poultry meat in the Zambezi Valley, and currently a large part of the consumed broilers come from elsewhere in Mozambique or are imported from Brazil. Click here for the summary of this business plan.



Options for FACIM visit:
- FACIM takes place from August 31 till September 6th, and is one of the biggest exhibitions in Southern Africa, with over 70.000 visitors annually. More info at:
- Companies and organizations can chose between an individual stand (size 3x3) or hire a share of the Dutch Agribusiness stand
- The Dutch Embassy has a stand (18m2) for individual business meetings
- Price for an individuel stand for 6 days is around 1400 euro 
A special program will be offered to Dutch companies which do not want to spend the full 6 days at the exhibition, but only 1 or 2 days, followed up by matchmaking sessions and company visits. This rough set up for this program is:
Monday August 30:
Arrival in Maputo. Welcome dinner in cooperation with the Dutch Embassy
Tuesday September 1:
FACIM (or company visits in Maputo region)
Wednesday September 2:
FACIM day. Dutch company cocktail, and diner in cooperation with Banco Terra (Rabobank) incl. presentations/sharing of experience about doing business in Mozambique.
Thursday September 3:
Morning flight to Tete/Chimoio. Company visits and matchmaking sessions
Friday September 4: 
Company visits and matchmaking sessions. Evening flight to Maputo/Johannesburg
Saturday September 5:
Travel back to the Netherlands.

Trade mission details

From August 31, 2015
Till September 04, 2015
Maputo, Mozambique
+31 (0)70 304 3618