European Commission co-funds agricultural development project in Mozambique

17 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Jan – EuropeAid, which is the directorate-general for development of the European Commission, is providing 1.3 million euros to co-fund an agricultural development project in the northern Mozambican provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.

This is a two-year project focused on improving access to quality seeds, increase seed production for food crops, as well as reducing post-harvest losses, according to the Worldandmedia website.

According to EuropeAid, one of the biggest challenges that Mozambique’s rural workers face is related to a lack of cash to survive between harvests and, in order to subsist, some rural workers sell a considerable part of their produce, without ensuring seed is set aside to be used in the next agricultural campaign.

Estimates from the organisation point to at least 38,000 families being covered by the 150 rural workers’ councils trained in post-harvest technology, production of quality seed and management of seed banks, all of which are intended to improve food security in the region. (macauhub)