Mozambique

Since it was only a few hours’ drive from where they lived in Mbabane, Swaziland, Rick and Wendy visited Maputo, Mozambique for a long weekend in August 2006. Rick has since returned in February 2009 and April 2012 on TechnoServe business. Mozambique is a country recovering well from its failed socialism after independence. Its beautiful coastline is its main reason to for tourism from regional countries.

Mozambique: Recovering from Failed Marxism

Africa

As many African countries did, Mozambique began its fight for independence from the Portuguese colonialists in the 1960s.  After a 13-year struggle, Mozambique– twice the landmass of California–became independent in 1975.  Unfortunately the timing coincided with the Cold War’s pitting Constitutional Democracy against Socialism and Communism.  The Mozambique government under Frelimo, its Revolutionary Liberation Front, […]

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Mozambique Successes: Milling, Meeting and Marketing

Mozambique

In April 2012, Rick attended TechnoServe’s southern Africa regional meeting in Nampula, pretty far north in Mozambique.  This included a field trip to a successful client who owns a grain milling company.*  In rural Mozambique, if people can afford it, they take whole grain to be locally milled which provides a significant labor-saving alternative to […]

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Mozambique Successes: From 65% Import to Over 75% In-Country Poultry Industry

Mozambique

In 2004, 65 percent of the frozen broiler chickens for sale in Mozambique were imported from Brazil.* The Brazilian chickens were frozen and shipped through the Middle East. By the time they arrived, they were often past their sell-by date, in violation of Mozambican import restrictions. Incredibly, the Brazilian product was cheaper than the Mozambican […]

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Mozambique Successes: Reviving Once-Major Cashew Industry

Mozambique

Mozambique’s once-thriving cashew industry had tanked due to political and natural disasters.*  The cashew industry is now thriving.  The small village of Namige, Mozambique demonstrates how identifying high-potential entrepreneurs and giving them the tools to achieve success is a way to locally solve global issues. The cumulative impact of decolonization, civil war, misguided policies and […]

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