Food security and agricultural training for the women of Nacala-a-Velha

District of Nacala-a-Velha, Province of Nampula, Mozambique.

Context and Objective:
The makhuwa women
are at the heart of the agrarian system but are in a precarious situation. This project aims to develop their autonomy and their capacity to innovate, in the perspective of assuring the food security of their family. It is based on the positive results registered in 2006 during a pilot project. It proposes an extension of activities over 3 years by multiplying the number of direct beneficiaries. 

The project strategy consists of addressing very concrete problems in a way that has a fairly rapid impact on women’s lives (use of new varieties of manioc, market gardening), but by using a participative method
that contributes to reinforcing the self confidence of women farmers as well as their autonomy and their capacity to innovate.

Activity 1: 2 days per month of agricultural training for 20 groups of 20 women over 2 years.

The information and the training constitute the first stage for the implementation of this strategy. By training we mean not a simple transmission of knowledge but a participative process that validates the women farmers and allows them to equip themselves with the means (knowledge, know-how, interpersonal skills) to be more relevant in their choices of agricultural production.

The importance given to the analysis of causes of problems and to the search for solutions by the women themselves aims to break with dependence on technicians and must allow the women to acquire working methods to resolve the problems of today but also those of tomorrow.

The search for technical solutions to agricultural problems will pass systematically through a phase of participative experimentation so that the women can, themselves, verify the interest and the adaptability to their situation of proposed technical innovations. 

Activity 2: To facilitate the supply of seeds and agricultural entrants by creating seed banks and stimulating small businesses.

Activity 3: To reinforce and diversify small livestock farming

A second stage will consist in facilitating the implementation at a larger scale of techniques that will have been successfully tried out. The introduction of seed banks and support for restocking of fowl and caprids are the principal axes of this second stage. 

Direct beneficiaries: 400 women and their families throughout the district of Nacala 
Indirect beneficiaries: 78,000 inhabitants of the district will be affected, as the results spread.

- The NGO
Inter Aide is carrying out a hydraulic project in the same district and is a technical partner.  - Institutionally, the principal partners are the District Direction of Agriculture (DDA) and the Mozambique National Institute of Agronomic Research (IIAM).
- This project is financed by the
Pro Victimis Foundation and the RAJA-Danièle Marcovici Foundation.


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