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World bank, 2019
Poverty headcount ratio at $2.15 a day (2017 PPP) (% of population)
Population below international poverty line

Equivalent to 5,800 Mozambique metical per worker per month.
WageIndicator, 2023

per month
Agriculture minimum wage

Equivalent to 8,093 Mozambique metical per worker per month.
Global Living Wage Coalition, 2023


per month
Rural living wage

Equivalent to 11,567 Mozambique metical for a typical family in rural Mozambique per month.
Global Living Wage Coalition, 2023

per month
Rural living income
World bank, 2021
Employment in agriculture (% of total employment) (modeled ILO estimate)
Agricultural workforce
World bank, 2021
Agriculture, forestry, and fishing, value added (% of GDP)
Agriculture share of GDP

ITUC Global Rights Index, 2023
Regular violation of rights.

Risk to workers' rights


Mozambique has a population of approximately 33 million people,[1] with 62%[2] living in rural areas and 38% living in urban areas.[3] The agricultural sector assumes 70% of total employment in Mozambique[4] and represents 28% of the national GDP.[5]

Despite its past of a long civil war, the country has been characterized by extraordinary economic growth in recent decades. However, this development has not been translated in better livelihoods for the Mozambican population, the majority of whom still lives in poverty. Agriculture is the main economic activity in rural areas. Farmers mainly depend on their crops to survive, yet they face low productivity and are often isolated from the markets. Women’s agricultural work in rural areas is essential to the household income, yet they are in a highly disadvantaged position. They have limited access to productive resources, no voice in decision-making processes and lower wages than men.[6]

The top produced commodities in Mozambique are cassava, sugar cane, milk, maize and bananas.[7] Mozambique’s top export commodities in terms of quantity are molasses, bananas, beans and sesame seeds.[8]

  1. ^ World Bank (2022).
  2. ^ World Bank (2022).
  3. ^ World Bank (2022).
  4. ^ World Bank (2021).
  5. ^ World Bank (2021).
  6. ^ IFAD. Country Profiles: Mozambique.
  7. ^ FAOSTAT (2021).
  8. ^ FAOSTAT (2021).


Minimum wage

The minimum wage in Mozambique varies greatly per sector. In the agriculture, livestock and forestry sector the minimum wage is 5,800 Mozambique Metical (85 EUR) per month.[1] Although there are laws protecting workers in the formal sector, 95% of the employment in Mozambique is in the informal economy. Overtime, low wages, and other health and safety measures are not effectively enforced in the informal sector. Furthermore, workers employed in the agricultural sector suffer some of the worst working conditions and wage abuses.[2] 

The Global Living Wage Coalition has developed a reference value study for Living wage and Living income in rural Mozambique.

  1. ^ Wage Indicator Foundation (2023). Minimum Wage-Mozambique.
  2. ^ U.S. Department of State. 2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Mozambique.

Living wage

The Anker Living Wage Reference Value is estimated at 8,093 Mozambique Metical (119 EUR) per worker per month in a typical rural area of Mozambique.[1]

Living income

The Anker Living Income Reference Value is estimated at 11,567 Mozambique Metical (170 EUR) per month, which refers to the monthly cost of a typical family in rural Mozambique to have a decent but basic standard of living.[2]

  1. ^ Global Living Wage Coalition (2023). Anker Living Wage Reference Value: Rural Mozambique.
  2. ^ Global Living Wage Coalition (2023). Anker Living Income Reference Value: Rural Mozambique.

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Living Wage Reference Value – Rural Mozambique

Living income estimate for a worker in rural Mozambique to be able to afford a basic but decent life.


Living Income Reference Value, Rural Mozambique

Living income estimate for a typical family in rural Mozambique to cover the monthly cost of a basic but decent standard of living.           


Smallholder Households in Mozambique

This report explores the financial and agricultural needs of rural households in Mozambique.


Agriculture and Food Security in Mozambique

This scientific article explores the role of the agricultural sector for rural development and poverty reduction in Mozambique.

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