Journal of
Agricultural Extension and Rural Development

  • Abbreviation: J. Agric. Ext. Rural Dev
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2170
  • DOI: 10.5897/JAERD
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 489

Full Length Research Paper

Do agricultural research and rural extension organizations satisfy households’ agricultural demands? Evidence from maize growers in Sussundenga district, Mozambique

Sergio Feliciano Come
  • Sergio Feliciano Come
  • Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources, Universidade Zambeze, Bairro 7 de Abril, Estrada Regional 523, Chimoio, Mozambique.
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Jose Ambrosio Ferreira Neto
  • Jose Ambrosio Ferreira Neto
  • Department of Rural Economy, Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brasil.
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Eunice Paula Armando Cavane
  • Eunice Paula Armando Cavane
  • Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique.
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  •  Received: 11 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 04 June 2021
  •  Published: 30 June 2021


This paper compares the supply and demand of agricultural technologies related to maize crop in Sussundenga district, Mozambique. The field work was carried out in February and March 2018 and comprises of a survey of 140 households’ maize growers, interviews with 15 agricultural technicians and six focus group meetings (four with maize growers and two with agricultural technicians). Data analysis was done using Bardin’s content analysis and descriptive statistics. The results reveal that agricultural research and rural extension focus more on supplying technologies related to maize production. But farmers have holistic expectations that go beyond production technologies to include the entire marketing chain. It makes the technical support provided with little use to maize growers. Besides it, there are also farmers’ unanswered demands and the supply of non-demanded technologies. It means that there is a mismatch between supply and demand of maize farming technologies. Agricultural research and rural extension organizations are suggested to supply not only agricultural technologies that maximize crop yield, but also services that help households improve their ability to store agricultural products and to sell it when prices are high. These actions have the potential to improve agricultural market performance and make the agricultural technologies more useful to maize growers.

Key words: agricultural market, agricultural technologies, maize farming, mismatch, rural households, unanswered demands.