Agribusiness & Youth Development in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique


As part of the broader social investment strategy of Total Mozambique LNG, Catalisa is creating new opportunities for farmers and young people in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique through inclusive private-sector led economic development. By supporting the development of strong agribusinesses and building youths’ skills, Catalisa is catalyzing increased investment, incomes, local employment, and the creation and growth of self-sustaining businesses. Over the next 5 years, Catalisa will work across two dimensions: agribusiness development and youth training. The agribusiness component will increase local investment in the horticulture and poultry value chains, while the youth training component aims to prepare youth in Palma district to enter the formal workforce or become entrepreneurs.


Agribusiness Development

Catalisa is working with smallholder farmers and large agribusiness partners to incentivize and accelerate commercial horticulture and poultry production in Cabo Delgado, in order to increase incomes and create new jobs. Within horticulture, Catalisa is developing an innovative, replicable and inclusive business model for commercial horticulture production by smallholder farmers, which can serve the market of Cabo Delgado. This business model includes both commercial aggregators, or agribusiness partners, and smallholder farmers, who act as outgrowers and independent farmers, with the potential to transform key agricultural sectors throughout the province. Within poultry, Catalisa is working with a large agribusiness partner to establish the province’s first ever commercial-scale production of chicken eggs. This central production hub will acts as a distribution point for small vendors to create a constant local supply and will further fortify the development of the poultry value chain and augment the distribution capacity of local vendors, creating more jobs.


Youth training program in Palma

The Catalisa Youth training program will work with over 1,000 youth so that they can become valuable economic actors, engaged citizens, informed change makers, and responsible leaders. The program uses an innovative model for youth skills training and mentoring that focuses on building life skills, entrepreneurial skills, and professional skills. The program’s curriculum has been specially designed for the Palma context, and is delivered through course modules on Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, Employability, English and IT, with cross-cutting themes such as Communication and Gender. The three-month course is followed by 9 months of individualized mentorship for the best graduates, as well as aftercare support for any interested graduates. The Catalisa Youth team works with various partners to facilitate youths’ access to the job market, building constructive partnerships with the surrounding communities, private sector, other vocational and technical trainings providers and governmental institutions.


Results to date

Currently in its second year, the Catalisa project is focused on testing effective interventions to over the next few years (to 2022). The agribusiness team has partnerships with 11 agribusiness partners and is continuously assessing and recruiting farmers to the horticulture outgrower networks and technical assistance programs; to date over 100 farmers have participated in the program. The team is also developing financial and input packages for these farmers, as well as partnerships with finance and input providers, and supporting nine agribusiness partners with business advisory and scaling technical assistance. Similarly, the youth team is continuously assessing and recruiting youth to join the training program; to date over 100 youth have graduated. The project is anticipated to create around 2,100 jobs impacting over 12,000 direct and indirect beneficiaries over its 5-year lifespan. The amount of private sector investment catalyzed will total over $7 million and result in the generation of over $51 million in revenue.