Of grains and gains: Realizing the potential of soybean in Mozambique

30 July 2016

There is a lot going for soybean (or ‘soya’) in Mozambique. Although a relative newcomer to the country, the crop offers vast income opportunities for smallholder farmers particularly those in the high rainfall areas such as Zambezia, Lichinga, Nampula, Manica, and Tete provinces. Production and prices are improving. Back in 2004, soya production was estimated at 770-880 t with an average yield of 450 kg/ha (Estrada, 20041). Today, the average yield is estimated at 1300 kg/ha and total production is about 50,000 t (Luis Pereira, Technoserve, pers.comm., 2014)

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