About the Mozambique Country Platform

Prolinnova–Mozambique is a network that promotes local innovation in ecologically oriented agriculture and natural resource management in Mozambique. The network builds on and scales up farmer-based approaches to development. It strives to stimulate and enhance partnerships among the various stakeholders in research and development, mainly among farmers, extension workers and researchers.

Besides the eight National Steering Committee (NSC) members (see below), Prolinnova–Mozambique works with six partner organisations, all of them based in the Southern provinces of Mozambique. Those partners include ACTIVA, ADCR (Association for Rural Community Development), ISPG (Gaza Higher Polytechnic Institute), DPPI (Inhambane Provincial Livestock Department), ARES (Association for Educational and Social Responses) and Tchemulane Farmer Association.
 
Since its creation in late 2006, ProlinnovaMozambique has carried out the following major activities:
  • Conducting a survey on ethnoveterinary practices in Chicualacuala and Chigubo Districts in partnership with the Veterinary Faculty of Eduardo Mondlane University (2007)
  • Documenting local innovations in six districts of Gaza Province (200910)
  • Conducting a pilot study on local innovation in the face of HIV/AIDS (2008–10)
  • Holding various workshops and organising courses on promoting local innovation and participatory innovation development (PID)
  • Implementing a joint project "Promoting Local Innovation for Endogenous and Sustainable Development” in partnership with CIC-Bata and UNAC (Mozambique National Union of Peasants) (2009)
  • Executing two joint experiments (partnership among farmers and scientists from educational institution ISPG: one on a local bio-pesticide, another investigating social aspects in using a locally made wooden oxcart (2010)
  • Presentation of its work at the ENLACE D meeting in Córdoba, Spain (2011)
  • Identifying cases of local innovations and building capacity for partner organisations
  • NUFFIC-funded tailor-made training programme: training on local innovation and PID with implementation of four pilot PID projects (202021).
ProlinnovaMozambique National Steering Committee:
1. Domingos Tsucana, independent – Acting Chairperson
2. (Ms) Mirian Morgado, Kulima (Organization for Socio-Economic Development) – Vice-Chairperson
3. Claudio Machabana, UNAC (Mozambican Farmers' Union) – Secretary
4. Eldina Nhantave, FONGA (Forum of National NGOs in Gaza Province)
5. (Ms) Gilda Fafitine, Independent – ex officio member as Mozambique CP Coordinator
6. (Ms) Cristina Natália, CTO (Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed) –ex officio member as Mozambique CP Deputy Coordinator
7. Romuald Rutazihana, Independent
8. Vicente Enoque Zefanias, Independent