Food for Progress 

Taking a private sector-driven, market systems approach to develop the dairy sector

Mozambique Expansion of Rural Cattle and Dairy Opportunities (MERCADO) is a Food for Progress initiative funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In partnership with Tillers International, MERCADO will increase agricultural productivity and expand the potential for trade among nearly 10,000 dairy participants, including smallholder farmers, mini-agribusinesses, processors, feed manufacturers, cooperatives and commercial breeders. MERCADO will build on the successful work developed through past USDA investments in both Manica and Sofala provinces to build upon private sector investments across the dairy value chain.

MERCADO is training dairy producers on improved dairy practices and farm management, expanding access of dairy inputs, and easing access to finance for dairy producers, input suppliers, aggregators, processors and retailers. With USDA’s investment, MERCADO expects to catalyze significant growth in dairy production in Manica and Sofala provinces by 2026., engaging 250 small and medium enterprises, hundreds of smallholder farmers and range of private sector players creating over 600 jobs to directly impact 9,900 individuals.