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Raw cashew nut (RCN) prices to farmers can increase by 49%

Cashew producers, typically smallholder farmers, can receive a 49% price increase on sale of raw cashew nuts if the export tax and peak season ban of exports on cashews is removed.  These cashew producers bear the cost burden of Mozambique's export tax, and this contributes to low RCN quality. By being forced to sell their RCN to processors/exporters at below market prices, rural farmers directly subsidize the domestic processing industry and have lost on average of USD 5 million in revenue per year over the last decade. Eliminating the export tax and peak-season export ban would result in a 49% increase in the price of RCN, directly benefiting incomes of small holder farmers.

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Modelos de Co-gestão das Áreas de Conservação: Perspetiva Regional

As áreas de conservação tem sido mundialmente reconhecidas como o meio mais eficaz de conservar a biodiversidade e os bens culturais associados. No entanto, alcançar uma conservação eficaz e desenvolvimento sustentável rural é um desafio, especialmente devido à crescente pressão populacional, caça ilegal e uma variedade de outras ameaças. Além disso, as Autoridades de Gestão das Áreas de Conservação encontram-se regularmente na difícil situação de ter vastas áreas para gerir com grave escassez de financiamento e pessoal. Nessa perspetiva, Moçambique tem estabelecido ao longo dos anos, diferentes iniciativas de gestão colaborativa com entidades privadas e a comunidade local, como forma de compartilhar responsabilidades de gestão, por forma a garantir uma maior eficiência na conservação da biodiversidade.

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Private Water Supply Systems Poised for Growth in Mozambique

The Regulation for Licensing of Private Water Providers in the Supply of Potable Water (Decree 51/2015) was approved on December 31, 2015, creating the opportunity for greatly expanded and well-regulated, safe and efficient access to water throughout the country.  With the support of the USAID SPEED+ Project, the licensing process is poised to take off nationwide.  Three seminars designed to increase understanding and promote participation under the Regulation were held in Maputo, Pemba and Beira in October and November 2017.  The seminars were attended by municipal councilors and technicians, and representatives from District Planning and Infrastructure Services, the National Water Supply and Sanitation Division (DNAAS), the Water Regulation Council, the Regional Water Administrations and the Association of Private Water Providers (AFORAMO).

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The rapid depreciation of the Metical, What’s happening?

The Mozambican currency, the Metical, lost 50% of its value from 30Mt / 1USD in January to 45Mt /1USD as of October 1st. Normally, when the metical depreciates to much, The Government of Mozambique intervenes.

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Fontes de financiamento para pequenas e médias empresas agrícolas

Durante o Fórum Económico Mundial realizado, durante os dias 2 a 4 de Junho  em Cape Town, a expressão “O dinheiro segue o dinheiro”, foi enfatizado. Para entender este conceito é necessário  precebermos as razões pelas quais muitos agricultores não consegem ter acesso ao financiamento.

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Financing the Missing Middle - Comments from the World Economic Forum

During the World Economic Forum held in Cape Town– one specific term was repeatedly mentioned – “Money follows money”. To truly understanding this concept is to understand why many farmers struggle to find working capital and growth funding. Commercial banks and traditional funding sources are often unwilling to take on the risk of lending to them.  If the extraordinary high interest rates alone where not enough, the lack of collateral, credit history, proof of cash flows amongst others, are fatal. What emerges is a situation where the economy in general, is composed of mostly very large or very small firms. This market failure creates a  missed opportunity for economic growth.  Therefore, it is paramount to find mechanisms to bridge the gap between micro finance and commercial lending.

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A rápida depreciação do metical face ao dólar

A moeda moçambicana, o metical, perdeu 50% do seu valor, passando de 30 meticias /1US em Janeiro para 45 meticais /1USD desde no dia 1 de Outubro. Normalmente, quando há uma acentuada depreciação do metical em relação ao Dólar norte-americano, o Governo moçambicano intervém para restaurar a moeda ao equilibrá-lo através da política monetária.

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Was the Metical Overvalued?

The dramatic decline of metical/dollar exchange rate (currently at 50MZN / 1USD) raises questions as to whether the Metical was overvalued.

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Serà que o Metical esteve supervalorizado?

O acentuado declínio da taxa de câmbio metical / dólar (atualmente em 50MZN / 1USD) levanta questões sobre a validade da taxa da cambio. O Governo através do banco central já revelou a sua incapacidade de intervir diretamente para parar  a rápida depreciação actual do metical, devido à escassez de divisas.

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