Mozambique - Project Preparation Facility (PPF) for the Committee for the Facilitation of Agriculture between Mozambique and South Africa (COFMOSA) Irrigation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Nov 2015
Signature Date 21 Apr 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2018
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 753,170.86
Status Completion

Project General Description

This project consist of a preparation study for the Committee for the Facilitation of Agriculture between Mozambique and South Africa (COFMOSA) Irrigation Project. The study will be conducted by a reputable and specialized consulting engineering firm over a period of 12 months. It will address various water resources management issues and design aspects the irrigation project including technical, institutional, legal, social, cultural, economic, and environmental ones. The study will also include the preparation of semi-detailed designs and bill of quantities (BOQ) for the irrigation systems for the first phase of the project (10,000 ha). Additionally, the study will review and assess possible options for public-private partnership (PPP), as the Business Model, to manage the agriculture production based on irrigated sugar cane plantation, processing and marketing. After the conclusion of the feasibility study, the GoM in coordination with other stakeholder will organize a financial resources mobilization workshop to present the feasibility study findings and discuss financing plans with donors and private sector.

Project Objectives

The overall long term outcome of the study will be to enable Mozambique optimizing the land and water resources potential of the Sabie-Inkomatie area assigned to COFAMOSA with respect to water development for irrigation, while enhancing the socio-economic benefits of the project area and protecting the biophysical environment in the area. The implementation of COFMOSA Irrigation Project would contribute to reduce poverty levels in the Moamba and Magude Districts, Province of Maputo, in addition to increasing the foreign currency earning, through increased exports of high value crops that will include sugar and/or ethanol.


The key beneficiaries of the project are the farmers in Moamba (Sabie Administrative Post) and Magude (Panjane Administrative Post) Districts as well as farmers from Inkomazi area in Mpumalanga in South Africa. Also, the whole populations of Moamba and Magude Districts which are estimated at 43,396 and 42,788 people, respectively.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Agriculture through the National Directorate of Hydraulics
Ministère de l'Agriculture à travers la Direction Nationale de l'Hydraulique


IATI identifier 46002-P-MZ-AA0-030
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name TIQUE Cesar Augusto

Geographic Location

Country Mozambique
Coordinates Location Name
-25.60268 32.24607 Moamba
-25.9655 32.5832 Maputo