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Agricultural calendar of SEMEAR project

SEMEAR Fact Sheet

Would you like to know more about the SEMEAR project?

Find the answers to these questions:

Who are we? What is the current situation of agriculture in Mozambique? What do we want to achieve?

How are we making it happen? Who are we working with?

SEMEAR guidelines for the establishment of demonstration plots, training administration, and hosting of field days

Manual by Abdala J. Abdala, IITA

Demonstration plots are one of the most used demand creation and key technology transfer and dissemination since “seeing is believing” is powerful in changing perceptions. Through demonstration plots, farmers and other stakeholders participate in the day-to-day management of the demonstration and end up together on the field day for discussion (debate) and validation of the assumptions and results from the demonstrations.

Choose well!

Local Seed VS Improved Seed

CECÍLIA, “we never had such a good production”

Success Story

Cecilia João is amongst many other farmers’ beneficiaries, a model and inspiring leader in Teterrene. Her path to success began in 2015 when Associação das Mulheres Olhasana (AMO in Portuguese), the local female association that she co-founded, became IITA’s partner in fighting aflatoxin through the USAID-funded project named Aflasafe. As the institute promotes research-based development solutions for increased food security and income, the community farmers easily accepted working with the CGIAR Consortium on a seed business development partnership through the Feed the Future Mozambique Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture project (SEMEAR for its Portuguese acronym).

ANACLETO, a talented self-sufficient farmer

Success Story

Anacleto Albino, locally known by Inhambane, is a role model in Mogovolas who feels he was born with a very special gift: the talent of being a farmer. Regardless of all challenges related to agriculture, he never gave up on his carefully chosen profession and dreams on instilling this passion on his children, for them to appreciate the self-sufficiency that a farmer can achieve. According to Anacleto, “a dedicated and successful farmer doesn’t depend on anyone to have a good and healthy life because all needed goods come [directly or indirectly] from the ground”.

ROSINHA, triggering increased incomes for women in Nacololo

Success Story

Nacololo is a small community in northern Mozambique (Monapo District, Nampula Province) where 12 hardworking women have created an association to support each other and their community. Similar to many other farmers in the province, a couple of years ago the members of the Nacololo Women’s Association struggled to live from agricultural incomes due to the poor knowledge on best agricultural practices and lack of high quality seed. Each women is responsible for half a hectare of the association’s field, and in order to purchase seed they needed to spend at least 3 hours on a return trip to the nearest village. Their lives changed when they became partners of the Feed the Future Mozambique Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture (SEMEAR) project in the 2015/16 season as seed multipliers. 

SEMEAR Anniversary

Our 1st year!

Mycotoxin Assessment in just a few seconds!

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IITA, with the support from USAID, recently installed a Mycotoxin / Plant Health Laboratory that enables to perform mycotoxin analysis in just a few seconds. Analogous laboratories in Mozambique are able to perform only quantitative time-consuming tests, but IITA – Nampula laboratory benefits from a UV Viewing Cabinet for quick qualitative analysis.

Better Access to Improved Legume Seed

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Agriculture is important for Mozambique especially with respect to the income and subsistence value of the legume crops (common bean, cowpea, groundnut, pigeon pea and soybean) being championed in the SEMEAR  project. We aim to reach 10% of the population in the Manica, Tete, Zambézia and Nampula provinces and increase overall yield by 25%.

Preserving Living Organisms

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High-quality seeds are essential to improve smallholder farmers’ lives. Seeds are living organisms and need to be stored in optimal conditions; therefore, with the support from USAID, IITA completed a superior seed storage facility within the SEMEAR project.

In contrast with the prevailing structures in Mozambique, this seed storage is equipped with refrigeration and humidity control systems that preserve seeds’ germination rate.

Improved Seeds for Better Agriculture

Project brief

SEMEAR presentation and launch: “let us plant, germinate, grow and produce!”

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