Livelihoods Empowerment and Development (LEAD)

Livelihoods Empowerment and Development in Mozambique


ACDI/VOCA Mozambique LEAD project participant Argentina Wamuse

Backyard Businesses Empower Women in Mozambique

Argentina runs her supply business from her backyard in the outskirts of Maputo. For Argentina Wamuse, a farmer in the …


Rural poverty is on the rise in Mozambique. In spite of a strong annual growth rate in recent years, over half of the country’s population remains below the poverty line, and over 70 percent of poor households live in rural areas. In southern Mozambique, smallholder farmers account for 90 percent of land use, but farming is characterized by low yields, limited use of improved technologies, poorly developed market linkages, high post-harvest losses, and susceptibility to natural disasters. To address these issues, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC) supports the Livelihoods Empowerment and Development (LEAD) project implemented by ACDI/VOCA.

  • Improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in rural Maputo Province
  • Increase smallholder farmer incomes by 30 percent over the life of project
  • Address key constraints, such as farm management, business planning, and market access, that prevent farmers from reaching their full potential
  • Strengthen the ability of producer organizations to play a key role in empowering smallholder farmers to successfully interact with the market, thereby fostering increased incomes and opportunities
  • Improve production capacity through farm-level training
  • Strengthen market linkages by defining market opportunities around key actors and facilitating access to financing
  • Build the capacity of 30 producer organizations using ACDI/VOCA’s Sell More For More methodology
  • Build the capacity of 30 producer organizations using ACDI/VOCA’s Sell More For More methodology
  • Increase gross margin per unit of horticultural land by at least 50%
  • Increase the percentage of producers who receive credit or loans from local micro-finance institutions by over 30%
  • Promote adoption of ten good agricultural practices and farm management practices that are most relevant and useful to the farmers

Funder: BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities (BSC)
Budget: $8,800,000
Contact: Jason Hillis,