Japan will support with US$3.6 million (€3.3 million) the creation of a virtual market for farmers in Mozambique, the Japanese embassy announced on Wednesday.
The initiative aims to improve levels of food security and promote the integration of small farmers into the national economy.
Food security is a key factor in reducing poverty, it is a significant part of the Japanese cooperation extended to Mozambique.
The project called “Virtual Farmers Market” is the first of its kind in the country and will be implemented in coordination with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
In the new digital platform, farmers will be able to sell their products and have access to meteorological information, advice on seeds (with support from technicians) and other data to manage crops, said the embassy’s source to Lusa.
Beneficiaries are expected to receive mobile devices and training to use the virtual marketplace. It is a platform dedicated to small producers that also aims to train them in the management of their own business. The Government of Japan has provided food assistance to Mozambique since 1977.
Source: Lusa via Club of Mozambique