Baumert, S.

Soya value chain in central Mozambique

This dataset contains the transcripts of interviews and discussion groups on the current soya production from ten villages in the Gurue district, Zambezia province, Mozambique. The ten villages were selected from different stages of a land scarcity gradient running from villages with abundant land to those with intense land constraints, mainly driven by expanding agricultural activities and population density. The villages had similar infrastructure, soils, rainfall, and vegetation types. Interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with village small-scale soya producers, emergent soya farmers, managers of commercial soya producing operations, district officer, technicians of NGOs, formal and informal traders between July and December 2015. Data were collected as part of a project funded under the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme.

Publication date: 2017-01-09

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Format of the dataset : rich text format

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This resource is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

You must cite: Baumert, S. (2017). Soya value chain in central Mozambique. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



Study area
Temporal extent
2015-07-01    to    2015-12-31

Provenance & quality

For the interviews with the different actor groups, guidelines with questions in Portuguese were prepared. Most interviews were conducted by the lead researcher together with one assistant/translator. Prior to each interview the assistant was trained on the objective of the interview and the way they should ask the questions. At a later stage, the trained assistant conducted some interviews. If needed, all questions were translated from Portuguese to Elomwe and vice versa. By discussing various topics repeatedly with different groups/persons, information could be validated and highlighted from different perspectives. Furthermore, context information gained through interviews, conversations and focus group discussions helped to gradually better focus the interviews. After each interview, all information was discussed either with the assistant or a colleague. This helped to improve the understanding of what was said. In case of lack of understanding, clarification was sought via communications with locals. Back in the office, all notes were written down in English. Notes taken by the assistant were recorded in Portuguese and translated to English.

Correspondence/contact details

Baumert, S.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane


Baumert, S.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

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Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Resource Provider
Baumert, S.
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane


Spatial reference system
WGS 84 longitude-latitude (CRS:84)


Topic categories
ACES,  ESPA programme,  Gurue Mozambique NE/K010395/1,  soya,  Zambezia province