Mozambique: World Bank provides funding for agriculture

11 February 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 11 Feb – Around US$27 million from the World Bank are being used for activities aimed at increasing agricultural production in the provinces of Sofala, Zambezia and Tete in Mozambique, according to a report from Mozambican news agency AIM.

The agency cited the assistant to the coordinator of the project to support small-scale producers in the Zambezi Valley, Jorge Tinga, who said that the project underway in five districts along the valley was benefiting some 20,000 producers.

The support consists of supplying production tools and agricultural production factors to the producers, as well as raising awareness amongst the population about issues related to protecting the environment, such as ways of preventing erosion.

Tinga said that the government’s great challenge for the Zambezi valley was to create human and social capital to develop the region, which has enormous potential for agricultural and industrial activities, namely in the area of electricity generation.

The package totalling some US$27 million, which includes a contribution from the Global Environment Fund is also helping the “recovery” of families affected by flooding of the Zambezi river over the last few years and which are being re-homed in higher ground in the provinces covered by the project. (macauhub)