Mozambique-Rural Development

 
TITLE OF THE PROJECT
Rural development in the Mafuiane community with rehabilitation of the energy-saving irrigation system and water productivity and eco-sustainable agricultural production of family gardens
 
PLACE
Mafuiane, Maputo Province, Namaacha District, Mozambique
 
 LOCAL PARTNER
Regantes Association of Mafuiane

OTHER PARTNERS OF THE PARTNER

Namaacha District Economic Activity Service (SDAE);
Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Safety (MASA);
Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the University of the Sacred Heart of Rome;
Association Global Branch Parrocchia San frumenzio onlus;
IDRAN Engineering and Technology S.r.l.

THE TERRITORIAL CONTEXT

Mozambique is facing a period of rising temperatures caused by“El niño”, which is causing, for about two years, the almost total absence of rainfall in southern Mozambique and floods in the north of the country. This phenomenon is creating serious difficulties in a context in which agriculture is the main activity and the main economic source.

THE SECTORAL CONTEXT

The drought occurred so intensely in the period between October and December 2015 that it compromised sowing and harvesting. In the period between January and March 2016, about 170 thousand hectares of land were lost.

In the Mafuiane area, there is an old and malfunctioning system of agricultural collection and irrigation on about 200 hectares, built in the years between 1992 and 1994 by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The intake work was built on the Umbeluzi River, with a lifting system consisting of five pumps (of which only one is still in operation thanks to the presence of the Regantes Association that has the management) which could distribute irrigated water to the fields of the area.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

To develop an agro-food chain in the District of Namaacha integrated between the branches of the production, transformation and commercialization of the products on the local market of Maputo.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE

Achieve a stable and sustainable agricultural production system through the efficient modernization of the rural electro-mechanical irrigation system with high water productivity that ensures food security for the population in the current climate drought.

ACTIVITIES

  • Programming with local partners and the local community and public information at schools, local authorities and territorial communities 
  • Rehabilitation of the lifting system, modernizing it with new generation electric pumps with higher energy efficiency
  • Start-up of a pilot farm model of 3 hectares of land capable of producing food safety products (local development pole)

CO-FUNDING BODY FOR THE PROJECT

AICS– Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, Private Donations AUCI

DURATION OF THE PROJECT
24 months (2017-2018-2019)

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