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Soybean and corn production and processing

Leverage soybean and maize production to reduce malnutrition, especially in women of reproductive age, children and poor individuals.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name


Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Farmer Co-op or Farmer Business Organization

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

* Escola Superior de Negócios e Empreendedorismo de Chibuto - Organizacao dos Estudantes Finalista de Agricultura Comercial;

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Located in Gaza Province, In Chibuto District along the Limpopo River

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Ragmeg of Baixo Lmimpopo and Vilas do Milenio, in the town of Xai-Xai and Chibuto, covers an area of ​​293km ^ 2

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

I selected this place and it is extremely important to me due to several comparative advantages in its favor. 

• First, having agrarian potential from its soils and good rainfall, it has access to the coastal area and the Limpopo River, one of the extremely important rivers for the entire south of Mozambique; 

• The fact of having a low population density (which prevents conflicts over land tenure) and; 

• Agriculture be practiced in a system of intercropping of crops based on local and unimproved varieties such as; Sweet potato; manioc and corn and using animal attraction (On average, peasants explore an area close to 1 hectare). My connection with this matter is beyond the “child of the house” factor I have always been concerned with minimizing the issue of malnutrition in my small society, so I do not have efficient words capable of describing my connection with this subject.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

The District of Chibuto is located in the southern region of Mozambique in the province of Gaza, very close to the confluence of the Limpopo and Changane Rivers. With a census population in 2017 of 196,634 inhabitants and has a population density of 36 inhabitants / km2. The climate is tropical. In winter, there is much less rainfall than in summer.

The climate classification is Aw according to Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature is 22.2 ° C in Chibuto. The average annual rainfall is 1857 mm. The warmest month of the year is October, with an average temperature of 24.8 ° C. In July, the average temperature is 18.0 ° C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year.

Unique Cultural Trends - This place was very important, since, when there was a lack of rain, all the elders in the area, accompanied by the population, went to worship there, evoking the spirits and asking them to send rain. However, when the Portuguese arrived, they settled in this area that has been considered since that time an exclusive area for agriculture. In general, agriculture is practiced under dry farming intercropping based on local varieties and, in some regions, using animal traction and tractors. On average, peasant families explore an area of 1 hour.

Predominant crops in this location are: corn, beans; cassava and sweet potatoes. The beginning of the century was marked by the floods of 2000, cyclone idai above normal rains that destroyed the crops. In the following years, drought and drought characterized by below normal and irregular rainfall created a situation of food insecurity.

People's hope: See the development of innovative solutions to improve access to nutritious and safe food, especially for low-income consumers.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

We have as active challenges (2020), to develop innovative and comprehensive solutions that minimize an issue of malnutrition, allowing access to nutritious and safe foods, especially for pregnant and lactating women / women of reproductive age, babies and young children (> 6 months) , (iii) adolescents (pre-fertile age); school-age children, low-income populations, remote threats or other vulnerable population factors.

Future challenges (Until 2050), reducing in particular the infant and female mortality rate by less than 60%, through the supply of the best food full of energy and proteins (Soy and Corn) and integration of the community in the production process.


Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our vision will face the challenges described in the previous question first because the potential growth for soybeans is huge and it will be a revolution for the population where it or the vision will be implemented.

Second, despite the fact that in this community, soy in particular is seen as a success story, a culture of great value in families vulnerable to hunger and disease, which by the way is the characteristic of most individuals in Mozambique, its cultivation is far below the average due to the low financial capacity and lack of technical knowledge of good agricultural practices of most local farmers and this factor creates an imbalance between supply and demand, thus making the selling price of soybeans far above the capacity of the low-income population to acquire .

 In this context, our vision has already minimized this exclusion of the low-income population, as one of our main objectives is to provide several lines of supply of soy and corn in degrees and in flour to communities in general with more focus on reaching the populations of low income and vulnerable to hunger and disease through increased production capacity, acquisition of new agricultural technologies, inclusion of community (especially women) in the production process and to strengthen prairies with NGOs and rural hospitals in the community where it is being implemented this view.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Since more than half of the people of Mozambique live on an agricultural basis and their father is not yet able to produce an average quantity capable of supplying the national market while the country has immense hectares of land suitable for agriculture, especially soy and corn, therefore, with the implementation of this vision, besides providing changes in the place, there will be an improvement in the outflow routes, “agglomeration” of individuals wanting to offer their labor, it will answer the part related to food insecurity that has occurred in this district and in the country in general.

Please mention another high-level factor that motivates me to bet on this vision, which is the factor that the market travels long distances to purchase these products, which ends up increasing its value to the consumer (Mozambican Families).



Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

The cultivation of soybeans and corn has a rapid growth and can be cultivated under different environmental conditions. This factor has advantages in terms of the environment because, the good rotation of these two cultures means that there is no need to invest in inorganic agriculture (Use chemicals in production).
Another very important factor of this vision (Soy and corn production) has to do with its potential to play a key role in the issue of food security because, in addition to being very nutritious and full of proteins, it is possible with this product to segment the lines in order to have a specific line for low income communities or even if they do not have any fixed income.

And the combination of the aforementioned components, will directly leverage technology and policies mainly in the village where it will be located

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Hi Francisco Ngulele  Great to see you joining the Prize!

We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.

You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit.
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Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Hi Itika Gupta!
Well .., in the beginning it was my intention. It was before I completed filling out all the spreadsheets of the "application", however, I finished and published it today.
Thank you for the alert much more for your attention.
Votos de um bom trabalho a toda vossa equipe colaborativa.