The Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor (BAGC) initiative is a public private partnership between the Government of Mozambique, private investors, farmer organisations and international agencies.
The primary objective is to alleviate the systemic problems that hinder the sustainable development of commercial agribusiness, in particular the lack of infrastructure, technical support services, high costs of inputs and finance and the lack of effective routes to market.
The Public Private Partnership was launched to promote increased investments in commercial agriculture and agribusiness within the Beira Corridor (Tete, Sofala and Manica Provinces).
BAGC’s long-term aim is to expand and develop the Beira Agricultural Corridor as a cohesive, modern commercial agricultural area. The outcomes will be to simultaneously foster growth in commercial agriculture as well as generating a new force for rural development, improved food security and poverty reduction.
BAGC has identified six objectives to boost agricultural productivity and competitiveness:
- Investments in productive infrastructure: Replacing inadequate infrastructure (e.g. feeder roads, electricity, dams)to lower logistics costs and create efficiencies in production and transport, making agriculture more competitive.
- Sustained agricultural support services: Boosting access to appropriate financing, inputs and extension services. Ensure farmers get reliable access to agricultural inputs while working with agribusiness to increase investment in capital equipment.
- Investment Promotion: Identifying and catalysing the deployment of additional private sector investments to support both downstream and upstream agribusiness activities.:
- Investment Coordination: Bringing together public organisations and private enterprise to discuss specific issues and create effective coordination and alignment. This drives obetter planned and implemented hard and soft infrastructure programmes that support agribusiness;
- Smallholder Farmer Development: Ensure smallholders are firmly embedded in the program and are supported to enter commercial value chains.
- Creating a conducive business environment: Working with government to create effective policies that are supportive of private-sector investment in commercial agriculture. BAGC provides an institutionally neutral base to facilitate open communication and consult widely on decisions that improve long-term predictability of government policy that is pro-private sector.