Maputo — The US based food corporation Cargill has announced a three year partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation to support the Bilibiza Agricultural Institute in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
According to a Cargill release, the company will provide 1.35 million US dollars for the Institute “in order to enhance and expand educational possibilities for farmers in northern Mozambique”.
Under this project, the Institute will train up to 400 students a year with technical and entrepreneurial skills, as well as sharing knowledge that will help them to participate in the sustainable development of Mozambican agriculture.
The money from Cargill will go towards increasing the number of teaching staff at the Institute, improving its infrastructure and equipment, and helping establish a commercially operated farm to generate long term income for the Institute.
Cited in the release, Peter Riechert, the Cargill business development manager for Mozambique, said “Cargill is committed to supporting our African farming communities to develop sustainable and responsible agricultural practices. To do this, we are working with NGOs and governments to develop public/private partnerships and help develop a sustainable market for food and agriculture.”
Faiza Janmohamed, the Mozambique Chief Executive Officer for the Aga Khan Foundation, said “We are extremely pleased to have Cargill on board to support our partnership with the students and teachers of the Bilibiza Agriculture Institute, and the surrounding communities”.
“With our national and other international partners, including the Government of Mozambique, Cargill’s support will allow us to set a firm foundation to progressively upgrade teaching, infrastructure and management of the school”, Janmohamed said. “Our joint efforts to address the need for skilled smallholder farmers are timely and relevant in Mozambique, given government policies, which emphasize the importance of the smallholder sector.”