Sustainable irrigation for 6000 rice farmers in Mozambique

Increase in small-scale agricultural food production

Posted on 25 July 2014


The Mozambican Ministry of Agriculture has awarded a contract to a consortium led by Royal Haskoning/DHV worth $ 5.4 million to develop and implement an irrigation system for 3,000 hectares of rice fields in the provinces of Sofala and Zambezia. The Sustainable Irrigation Project (PROIRRI) is funded by the World Bank and has a term of six years. 

The consortium consists of Royal HaskoningDHV, Wageningen University and Research Centre, engineering company Umhlaba from South Africa, Resiliência from Mozambique and the Mozambican NGOs Kulima and Eco Micaia.

The consortium will design and implement new and modernized irrigation systems and improve existing irrigation infrastructure, keeping in mind that the beneficiaries are small producers who work mainly manually. This limits the application of mechanization. The project will be implemented at the provincial level and covers all aspects related to the production, harvesting, processing and marketing of rice.

The project promotes entrepreneurship, higher production, higher productivity and sustainability of the rice harvest. Six thousand small farmers will benefit of the project. 

At the same time the project ensures food security, an established market for rice, a reduction of  CO2 emissions, improved energy efficiency, job creation and skill development.


The aim of the project is to increase the small-scale agricultural food production  and productivity of farmers in central Mozambique (from 1 to 1,5 crop per year and from 1 to 4 tons rice yield per hectare)   and to find markets for sustainable produced rice.


Improved irrigation systems

Project location

Project partners

  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Wageningen University and Research Center