Perene Consulting is an independent private consultant company with its main activities based in Mozambique. The company offers consulting and project management services for national institutions, international financing agencies as well as private industry. As a growing company, new themes are constantly integrated into the project portfolio deepening our expertise in our fields of work. .
Environment & Natural Resources
Global climate change and environmental degradation, uncontrolled consumption of natural resources, together with unprecedented pressure on many agricultural production systems to meet the growing demand for food and other competing uses are leading to a loss of environmental resources and the reduction in biodiversity. The challenge is to balance these ecological concerns with the need for economic and social development, and poverty reduction. Food security, a reverse of the loss of environmental resources and biodiversity can only be achieved by promoting and supporting the sustainable use and development of natural resources to protect, conserve and enhance the environment for the social and economic benefit of all. We promote sustainable management of natural resources through a holistic understanding of the interaction between environmental factors and human activity. We explore ways of helping farmers to adjust to global changes in climate and advice decision makers to assess the implications for policy formulation. Perene also assists communities developing alternative sources of income to improve their livelihoods when establishing conservation areas. At community level our approach is based on making the community responsible for managing natural resources (forests, land, water and biodiversity) within a designated area. At policy level, we assist governments to more informed decision making by placing greater value to ecosystem functions within the framework of environmental impact assessments of development projects. In Mozambique Perene is officially recognized as EIA consultant.
Agriculture & Rural Development
Globally, extreme poverty continues to be a rural phenomenon: Most poor people in the world live in rural regions and are characterised by a high degree of vulnerability in the face of droughts and other exogenous shocks, such as diseases or fluctuations of agricultural commodity prices. In addition public and private investors are increasingly interested in agricultural land in developing countries for agricultural production, mineral and hydrocarbon exploration or biodiversity conservation, weakening the tenure rights of rural populations and their access to land. Rural development therefore embraces economic, social, environmental and institutional dimensions of rural life and requires establishing a productive and sustainable agriculture sector and embedding it into a comprehensive rural strategy: increasing agricultural productivity and efficiency along value chains, diversifying economic activity, and integrating the rural economy into the broader economy through sound market systems and simultaneously granting fair and secure access to land and natural resources to small-scale farmers . Perene works on the development of strategies for increasing production and income under changing conditions in ways which do not burden the environment or reduce biodiversity. We contribute to agricultural innovation and knowledge dissemination: through the delivery of rural advisory services to small scale farmers we grant access to information and knowledge, both traditional and research-based allowing them to sustainably develop their livelihoods, to build up resilience and to improve their skills crucial for enhancing food security. We advise on improved agricultural technologies and pre- and post-harvest management. Through value chain and market system analysis, we identify constraints in agricultural markets, including input and output markets, and develop solutions that change the structure of incentives so that market interactions benefit the poor. Our analysis includes assessing the political economy, on national and international level, as well as the institutional capacity of public and private sector stakeholders and the competitiveness of the sector.
Private Sector & Financial Services
Long-term sustainable economic growth and job creation will only be achieved through the development of a vibrant entrepreneurial sector. The private sector is the main engine of economic growth and, when governed by sound policies and institutions, the best means for achieving inclusive, pro-poor growth. The key challenge is to formulate the political and legal framework so as to create incentives for broad-based private-sector activities based on properly functioning markets. Sustainable, comprehensive and hence poverty-reducing growth also requires delivering specific measures to promote different types and sizes of businesses in diverse fields of activities and sectors. We advise governments and international institutions on formulating policy and elaborating concrete measures that will improve the business environment and stimulate economic growth. We assist in the implementation of these strategies and in the monitoring of their impact on businesses. Our Business development services assist entrepreneurs in running their business more effectively and enhance their access to markets. We also work on linking enterprises (suppliers or buyers) in the value or supply chain, which also enhances the opportunities of enterprises to access financial services. Our holistic approach to sustainable business development combines access to finance for all sizes of companies, agribusinesses and rural enterprises with improved technology, innovative cost efficient delivery channels. The degree and quality of access to financial services available to low-income and rural households and their small businesses is influenced by the quality of the legal and regulatory framework. Perene systematically analyses financial policies and their impact on microfinance provision and assists governments and financial institutions in specifically designing measures to improve financing of the private sector. To enhance access to financial services, we support financial institutions in improving their capacity for services delivery to urban and rural small businesses through the implementation of innovative financial vehicles such as small-scale credit programs or by providing microfinance. We analyse the markets of financial institutions and design their intervention strategy backed by client focused lending methodologies.