Mozambique and IRRI
Mozambique has a 500-year old tradition of rice cultivation. Today, rice is seen more as a cash crop. Most of the farmers produce rice, but don’t eat it. IRRI was first established in Mozambique in 2006 with a mandate to increase rice production and build capacity to sustain the country’s rice industry.
IRRI’s permanent presence in Mozambique in 2006 is significantly attributed to the country’s need to increase its rice production and to build capacity building to sustain its rice industry. IRRI-Mozambique completed its socioeconomic studies in 2007 which aided the office in deciding where to focus its efforts. The office also serves as the institute’s East and South Africa regional office.
Today, IRRI has three research and development regions in Mozambique: Maputo and Xai-xai for irrigated conditions and Quelimane for rainfed condition.
IRRI activities in Mozambique includes rice breeding, socioeconomic studies, crop production and post harvest, capacity building, information management and private sector village-based programs.