Integrated development of the Milange - Mocuba corridor, Mozambique

Integrated development of the Milange - Mocuba corridor, Mozambique

An upgraded road in northern Mozambique is more than just a road - The Milange- Mocuba Road diaries

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

CONTEXT

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.

OBJECTIVES

  • To upgrade the 190 km road between Milange and Mocuba to pavement standard thereby opening up areas of significant agricultural production along the Milange-Mocuba corridor to markets, promoting economic and social development, enhancing regional integrating and reducing poverty.

RESULTS

  • Approximately 1.4 million Mozambicans, living in the bordering districts of the corridor, will benefit from better rural and highway transport that will allow farmers to market their produce more profitably, encourage investors to create employment opportunities in the corridor, and allow its inhabitants to travel and access healthcare and education opportunities more easily.
  • First phase was completed in August 2013 and upgraded from gravel to pavement standard over the 80-km stretch of the N11 from Mocuba to Alto Benfica.
  • Second phase connecting Milange to Alto Benfica, upgraded the 110 km highway, upgraded two bridges and new construction of two further bridges at Mutuasse and Namilate damaged by the 2015 floods.

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • Between 2010 - 2018, the European Union funded (€150 million) the upgrade of Milange-Mocuba corridor (190-Km), contributing to promote economic and social development in rural areas.

TESTIMONY

Stories from the Road #3 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.