Feed the Future Mozambique Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture (SEMEAR) is a five year project funded by USAID under the Feed the Future program that uses a win-win public-private partnership approach to disseminate improved legume seeds and complementary crop management practices already developed in Mozambique in the past few years through the Platform for Agricultural Research and Technology Innovation project (PARTI). Led by IITA, SEMEAR is a consortium involving two other CGIAR centres, CIAT and ICRISAT, all working together with IIAM.

The overall goal of the project is to increase the adoption of improved technologies, income, and food security of smallholder farmers in Manica, Tete, Zambézia and Nampula provinces. SEMEAR focuses on six Feed the Future value chains namely common beans, cowpeas, groundnuts, pigeon peas, sesame and soybeans. 

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MAJOR TARGETS (2015 - 2020)

  • At least 100,000 beneficiary households will have increased income and improved food security in the SEMEAR targeted districts;


  • 715 tons of basic seed made available to IIAM seed unit and certified seed producers;


  • 88,7 tons of breeders and pre-basic seed of target crops produced and made available to seed multipliers;


  • 10,000 tons of certified seed made available to farmers trough public private partnerships with seed companies, community-based seed producers, farmers associations and stakeholders;


  • At least 10,200 people (farmers, extension agents and seed inspectors) trained;


  • Gross margin for the target crops improved in the Feed the Future Zones of Influence (FTF ZOI).



Armando Cachava

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Ricardina Jorge

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Alberto Muchenguete

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Teresa Augusto

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Victória Ambino

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NEWS (chronological order)

18 Nov 2018

New Seed Manual Now Available

The “Manual de Produção e Comercialização de Sementes”, developed and published by the FTf- SEMEAR, is designed to provide general guidelines regarding seed production practices and to provide specific practical details relevant to the farming, harvest , processing and storage of seeds of good quality. It is envisaged that this booklet will be used not only by the project field technicians and direct beneficiaries, but will also support the work of agriculture extensionists, seed enterprises and seed farmers, and the public in general. It is written with the understanding that different institutions and projects will have different priorities and protocols, which they may wish to adhere to, and is not meant to be the definitive guide to seed production. This booklet is therefore best regarded as a guide to the practice followed by SEMEAR. This is a living document, which will be updated and expanded periodically. 

24 Oct 2018

Interest on SEMEAR seed products is continuously increasing

SEMEAR participation on the 25th October 2018 Official Ceremony for the launch of the Agriculture Season in Nampula have been overwhelmed with increased interest by participants to learn about seed products being promoted. During the Launch Ceremony in Monapo, that was participated by Governmental Delegates (Provincial Governor – Victor Borges; Provincial Director of Agriculture, SDAEs from other Districts), seeds companies and farmers, the Minister for Public Works Dra Carmelita Namachulua (representing the President of Mozambique), showed interest and curiosity to learn about products displayed in the SEMEAR stand. She was also very enthused by the presence/testimony of seeds producers (eg Américo Sisseque) who have indicated the positive impact the support SEMEAR is doing to improve their capacity in seed production and supply in the communities. 

17 Oct 2018

Of Grains and Gains: realizing the potential of soybean seeds.

With SEMEAR, the soybean seed sector has improved remarkably over the last few years because larger quantities of seeds were produced domestically, and also farmers are increasingly depending on seeds produced by others, instead of using their own saved seeds. The Hoyo-Hoyo Agribusiness (HH) enterprise, in Gurué, met with SEMEAR to buy soybean seeds for the up-coming crop season, after a successful harvest in 2018, using two SEMEAR soybean varieties. The certified soybean seeds were supplied to HH by COPAZA/SBS farmers, a FTF-Partnering for Innovation’s partner, who had received basic seeds from SEMEAR for multiplication. Soybean yields varied between 2,2 – 2,9 tons/ha, well above the average yield of 1.3 ton/ha. HH is planning to expand its soy production to cover 2,500 ha and an estimate of 3,000 – 4,000 tons of grains, annually. Farmer Abdul Nazimo, from Dómwe, who was supported by SEMEAR to produce certified seeds in the last crop season, sold 1.5 tons to Centro de Tecnologias de Angonia, at 50 Mts /kg, for planting 30 ha for soy grains, sale price estimates at about 25 Mt/Kg.

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SEMEAR uses win-win public-private partnership approaches to disseminate improved legume seeds and complementary crop management practices developed under the USAID funded Platform for Agricultural Research and Technology Innovation (PARTI). Through PARTI partnerships, more than 27 varieties of common bean, cowpea, groundnut, pigeon pea and soybean were released. Most of the varieties are drought tolerant, resistant to endemic pests and diseases, have end-user preferred traits, and show significant increases in yields on farmers’ fields.


Manica Province: Báruè, Gondola, Manica and Sussundenga

Nampula Province: Angoche, Malema, Meconta, Mogovolas, Monapo, Murrupula, Rapale and Ribáuè

Tete Province: Angónia, Macanga and Tsangano

Zambézia Province: Alto Molocue, Gurúè and Mocuba