iDE Global


iDE improves the living standard of people in Mozambique by extending agricultural services to the most rural households.


Why we’re here—

Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa, with over 65 percent of its population earning less than $2 a day. Most of the population is engaged in agriculture, but agriculture makes up only 29 percent of the country’s GDP, due to the majority of farming activities being poor, subsistence-level crop and livestock raising. Combined with one of the worst literacy rates in Africa and one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS infections, Mozambique’s population is ready for real change.

Increasing women’s roles in household decision-making in Mozambique

Involve the entire family in order to achieve gender equality

Involve the entire family in order to achieve gender equality

Read more: Learn more about how to increase women's roles in household decision-making
Paying It Forward

Fernando Milambo stands proudly in his abundant cabbage field. iDE began working with Fernando in 2013, providing knowledge and tools that helped him increase his vegetable production. Today, he is a Farm Business Advisor, helping other farmers grow their businesses.

iDE PC Mozambique Fernando Milambo

(Photo David Graham/iDE)

What we do—

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Resilient Market Ecosystems

For developing world entrepreneurs to succeed they must participate in market ecosystems that are economically competitive, inclusive of all people, and resilient to shocks such as conflict or changing climates. By listening to every stakeholder—producers, suppliers, retailers and customers—we can overcome critical bottlenecks and develop lasting solutions. 

Learn more about iDE’s approach to resilient market ecosystems.

Greenhouses break new ground

Visible agricultural technology spurs demand for change in Mozambique

Tropical greenhouse technology incorporates drip irrigation and ultraviolet plastic filtration cover that both protects the plants from heavy rainfall but also accelerates photosynthesis, resulting in healthier, larger produce.

Read more: Seeding the market with tropical greenhouse technology

How We Do It —


iDE increases small-scale farmers’ incomes by using a market-based approach to promote manual well-drilling and household irrigation technologies. iDE collaborates with the Ethiopian government to connect farmers to agricultural extension services, technical support, and improved seed varieties. Additionally, iDE supports and encourages farmers to diversify into high-value commercial crops, livestock products, and other high-value agricultural commodities such as honey. These activities are changing Ethiopian farmers’ perception of farming, in that they begin viewing and practicing farming as a business, rather than as a way of life.

Learn more about iDE's commitment to Agriculture.

Resilience to Climate Change

With its long coastline, over 22 million people (85 percent of the population) in Mozambique live in coastal areas that are threatened by sea-level rise and climate extremes. In the last decades, severe climate hazards including droughts, floods, and cyclones have resulted in several disaster conditions.

iDE helps people in rural areas build their resilience to climate extremes like floods and drought through the use of climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Smart Technologies.

Gender Equity

The common perception in Mozambique is that it is more important to educate a boy than a girl. This leads to more early marriages (over half of girls are married by age 18), resulting in fewer opportunities for girls and women, who are expected to perform more of the domestic work than men.

By focusing on women as customers and entrepreneurs, iDE strengthens their participation in rural value chains and increases their access to technology, know-how, finance, and markets.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Gender Equity.


Malnutrition in Mozambique is high (43 percent of children under five) due to a lack of diversity in diets, poor breastfeeding practices, high levels of disease, and a high rate of teenage pregnancy. Particularly of concern are chronic deficiencies in Vitamin A and iron for children under five.

iDE empowers farmers to grow different, more nutritious crops, so that people have a more varied diet, fueling them with the energy and mental ability they need to be successful.

Learn more about iDE’s commitment to Nutrition.


Avenida do Zimbabwe, 868
Maputo, Moçambique
Phone: +258 82 3078633

Our partners—

  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Banco Oportunidade de Mozambique
  • Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Elephant Pepper
  • Embassy of Switzerland
  • European Commission
  • ExxonMobil Foundation
  • Frankfurt School
  • Ford Foundation
  • Goodwill Community Foundation
  • Government of Mozambique
  • Kiva
  • Manitoba Council for International Cooperation
  • Mozal
  • Mozambican Zambezi Valley Development Agency
  • Rotary International
  • Rudy & Alice Ramsey Foundation
  • Solidaridad
  • United Kingdom’s Department for International Development
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Wageningen University