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Land use change from subsistence to commercial farmers in Mozambique

McHenry, M.P., Doepel, D., Zhou, E., Murray-Prio, R. and Dixon, J. (2015) Land use change from subsistence to commercial farmers in Mozambique. In: McHenry, M.P., Kulshreshtha, S.N. and Lac, S., (eds.) Land Use, Land-use Change and Forestry. Nova Science Publishers, pp. 119-133.

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The support/facilitation of subsistence farmers to establish commercially viable intensive production systems is a major opportunity and challenge in the development of many agricultural lands in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. The identification of suitable models of engagement, partners, organisations, and others, is an ongoing learning process. This chapter includes previously unpublished group interviews with upper management of an international food company to understand the existing and potential supply chain in Mozambique, and clarify their activities within the context of fostering selected farmer clusters to increase agricultural intensification to meet commercial food standards. Developing local capacity to supply commercial demands requires access to modern capital, technology, cultivars, and inputs for improving farm productivity, alongside the demonstration of improved production techniques over time. This requires some creativity in technology adaptation for specific production and socio-economic needs. It also fundamentally requires a market-led approach to land use in terms of intensification, and strategic investments with the aim of joining the commercial links and minimising coordination failures when they occur in developing markets. Such a partnered facilitation can communicate global food demands back to producers to enable adaptation, and also improve local access to farm inputs to enable them to achieve quality and quantity targets on a commercial basis. This chapter is derived from an unpublished report commissioned by ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) to the Doepel Group Pty Ltd., and has been updated, revised, and advanced under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s Australian Development Research Award Scheme project undertaken by Murdoch University.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers
Copyright: © 2015 by Nova Science Publishers
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