SASHA has worked with NRI and SUSTAIN to carry out a commodity chain study in Mozambique. This study focuses on two provinces covered by SUSTAIN: Manica and Maputo. Its objectives are (a) to assess how sweetpotato can be placed in terms of consumers’ choice, (b) to describe and understand the SP value chain in the two provinces and (c) to identify opportunities for establishing fresh SP root storage facilities. The study combines literature review and data from market monitoring by the Ministry of Agriculture and CIP itself with semi-structured interviews with producers, traders and development organizations. The study maps the main actors, factors that influence price, the role of seasonal variation, and compares WFSP with OFSP were possible. The results provide estimates for production, percentage commercialized and demand in both areas. They indicate that specific districts in the covered provinces serve as important sources of fresh sweetpotato for the nearby urban markets, with producers selling about one-third of their produce. Farmers sell to traders and retailers or directly to consumers at farm-gate and at markets. There are no middle(wo)men engaged in bulking. Seasonal variation in supply and price and increased demand for processing and quality root and unreliable and costly energy supply constitute an opportunity of-the-grid for root storage at specific locations close to production areas in particular where processing is promoted.
Publication Date: March2016
HOW TO CITE
Tedesco, I. and Brouwer, R. 2016. Sweetpotato value chain and the potential role for commercial fresh root storage in selected areas of Mozambique. Presentation made at the 2016 Marketing, Processing and Utilization Cop Meeting in Tanzania.