The vision of the Land Portal Foundation is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.
We work very closely with MICAIA Foundation, providing business development services to some of MICAIA’s economic livelihoods work. These services include feasibility studies, market research, business planning, technical training, management, marketing and distribution. In some cases we mobilize financial investment, usually a mix of low-cost loans or equity contributions from social impact investors.
The project supported women in 14 communities incorporating 23 villages across two Districs in Northern Mozambique to get secure access to land/trees and an improved income from those trees. The Project achieved this by:
- obtaining secure access rights to Baobab trees through the development of natural resource management plans;
- providing training in how to make organic-certified Baobab fruit pulp and the procurement of contracts with a local private company, Boabab Products Mozambique Ltd (BPM);
Mozambique has the potential to be a major supplier of baobab powder and oil and Baobab Products Mozambique is leading the way. We are bringing high quality organically certified products to national and international markets while making sure that the benefits from this trade are shared fairly with suppliers and their communities.
ORAM with Terra Firma, provided assistance to 20 communities and 14,000 households living in and around concession areas granted by government to Portucel Mozambique, a subsidiary of the Portugal based Navigator company, for Eucalyptus plantations, intended to supply European pulp and paper markets.
Dorobo’s real niche is providing a source experience for clients that connects with local people who are close to the land. What this entails is long-term partnerships with local communities that are fair and transparent and allows for structured but un-staged encounter. The areas have a wilderness character so that visitors (and we ourselves) have the privilege of learning about wildlife, nature, and the land through a synergy of traditional and scientific knowledge.