This second phase of the project sees an inegrated approach to develop the economic and social activities in the area, enhancing regional integrating and reducing poverty.
Total Cost (EUR): 34 504 828.79
EU contracted amount (EUR): 34 504 828.79
Partner contribution (EUR): 4 320 917.17EUR
Duration: June 2014 - June 2017
Implementing organisation: MOTA-ENGIL, ENGENHARIA E CONSTRUCAOAFRICA SA
Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)
Benefitting zone: Mozambique
The Milange-Mocuba Corridor is a fertile agricultural region which so far has had little share in Mozambique's recent economic growth because it lacks good transport infrastructure. A Participative Poverty Study conducted in Mozambique back in 1995 concluded that the number one priority of "the poorest of the poor" was not healthcare or education, but a road they could use all year round. The explanation was simple. If you have a road, you can travel. And if you can travel you can access markets where the prices of agricultural products are higher and consumer goods are less expensive.
FACTS AND FIGURES
"Some suppliers would refuse to come here because of the poor access. Often, their cars would break down along the middle of the road and it was particularly problematic for big trucks with fragile cargo. We’d run out of stocks and our clients would complain.... But since the road was rehabilitated, life has changed. Now cars arrive on time and this has been very good for our business."
Quenisse Rodrigues, wholesale warehouse manager in Milange, Mozambique.
“My name is Quenisse Rodrigues, I come from the Namacurra district and work as a warehouse manager at Handling, a wholesale drinks company here in Milange.
Our life has improved a lot with the new road. In the old days a car would take a long time to get here from Mocuba. With a good car it might take 5-6 hours, but with a bad car it could take as much as 17 hours.
Some suppliers would refuse to come here because of the poor access. Often, their cars would break down along the middle of the road and it was particularly problematic for big trucks with fragile cargo. It’s not so long since we had a car get stuck in the road and lose 500 crates of drinks. That’s a heavy loss. Meanwhile we’d run out of stocks and our clients would complain.
But since the road was rehabilitated, life has changed. Now cars arrive on time and this has been very good for our business. We used to have 1 warehouse and now we have a second one. We’re even expanding our range, ordering products that weren’t previously available in the market and they sell very quickly.
The life of the retailers who buy from us has improved too. They used to have to wait a long time at the bus stop for transport. Now the buses are very regular. Or they would carry their load away on bikes, but because of the potholes, sometimes they’d lose it on the road. That is not happening anymore.
Everyone is benefiting from the rehabilitation of our road. Even people who don’t travel gain, because they can get what they want right here at home.
And prices are lower now because transporters don’t have to pay as much for repairs. Something that used to cost MTS 300, MTS 400, now costs MTS 240 or even MTS120.
When we have new infrastructure, new roads, we develop. Everyone wants to develop. No one wants to be left behind. If we continue like this, in the future Mozambique will be a better place”.
"Where there is a road, many things happen. Journeys that used do take days sometimes, can now be completed in hours, so we get staples here for essentially the same price as in the big cities. A cement truck from Mocuba used to spend at least 2 days on the road..... But because of this road, there are many people now bringing cement. It’s much easier, and cheaper."
Luciano Reis Elias, agricultural trader and secretary of the Economic Agents Association in Milange, Mozambique
A cement truck from Mocuba used to spend at least 2 days on the road. And they would sell it at very high prices because there was no competition. But because of this road, there are many people now bringing cement. It’s much easier, and cheaper. At the same time our local agricultural products can now be sold very easily. Production has increased, because they know there are buyers and they can sell at good prices. When the harvest season starts, buyers come from various parts of the province and from the entire country to buy our products. We have never known so much to be sold out of here. Local people too used to buy everything from Quelimane, but now they buy right here and then go and resell in the villages.
"When the road was bad, some mothers wouldn’t make it to the hospital to have their babies. As soon as their time arrived, they would have to wait for transportation; sometimes they couldn't find it and would arrive late. But now everything is well. The road is the future of Mozambique."
Teresa Joaquim, roadside seller
"My name is Teresa Joaquim. I am from Alto Benfica, and I make and sell "badjia" cakes. This road from Mocuba to Milange changed our lives because of all the travellers. Sometimes they stop, buy a few things and continue their journey. In the old days we would sell 150 MT worth per day, but now we can sell cakes up to 500 MT, 350 MT, even 450 MT a day. And I can even get all the ingredients right here in Alto Benfica. I don’t need to travel to Mocuba anymore.
There are many other improvements. When the road was bad, some mothers wouldn’t make it to the hospital to have their babies. As soon as their time arrived, they would have to wait for transport, sometimes they couldn't find it or it would arrive late.
There was a small health unit where mothers could go to have their babies, but often there was no nurse there. Many nurses couldn't come from Mocuba. It was very hard. There were many stillborn children.
But now everything is well. The road is the future of Mozambique."