The World Bank-funded Sustainable Irrigation Development Project (PROIRRI), which will run for six years, will increase small-scale agricultural food production and raise farm productivity in central Mozambique.

Food production will increase as a result of the project. By the end of the project, rice yield per hectare will increase from the current one ton a year to four tons a year. Considering the 3,000 hectares, the project will result in 12,000 tons of rice production per year.

Royal HaskoningDHV will design and implement new and rehabilitated irrigation schemes and improve existing irrigation infrastructure for the benefit of six thousand small-scale farmers.

The aim of this project is also to promote and ensure self-employment, higher production, increased productivity and sustainability of the rice crop, while guaranteeing food security and a regular market for rice. In addition, organising producers and identifying markets for the sustainably produced rice will be valuable contributions.

The consortium consists of Royal HaskoningDHV, Dutch Wageningen University & Research centre, South African engineering firm Umhlaba, Mozambican engineering firm Resiliência, Mozambican NGO Kulima and Mozambican NGO Eco-Micaia.