Gender transformative and nutrition sensitive programming to increase food and nutrition security for women, adolescent girls, and children in Chemba, Sofala province (GTNS 2.0)

Contract partner: WFP - World Food Programme Country: Mosambik Funding amount: € 3.000.000,00 Project start: 15.12.2023 End: 31.12.2026

Short Description:

Overall goal

Nutritional status of children under two years of age from vulnerable households and communities is improved through gender equality, women’s empowerment and more resilient, sustainable and climate-smart productive capacities.

Expected results

1.1 Increased availability of diverse and nutritious foods through agricultural investments while ensuring women have equitable access to resources, opportunities, and financial/economic participation.

1.2 Increased availability and accessibility of nutrient-dense foods through business start-ups, ensuring active involvement of women.

1.3 Increased demand for, and consumption of safe and nutritious foods through SBC activities while ensuring men have a more active role in diet related decisions.

2. Improved access to water infrastructure and hygiene practices; and maternal and Child Health Services

3.1 Increased women’s empowerment by increasing access to resources and opportunities including economic participation and decision-making.

3.2 Improved balance in household distribution of domestic chores between men and women and decision-making power of women.

Target group / Beneficiaries

2,000 vulnerable households or 10,000 individuals including 600 pregnant or lactating women, 2,300 adolescent girls and 1,750 children under 2 years will be targeted in the Mulima Sede locality in Chemba district. Chemba was selected based on the 2017 Integrated Context Analysis categorizing the district as highly exposed to climate shocks with high recurrence of food insecurity.


Increasing availability of diverse and nutritious food: Farmer groups and demonstration plots on conservation agriculture techniques will be set up. Smallholder farmers will receive training on climate-smart agriculture and access to technologies and equipment to increase production of nutritious food and reduce post-harvest loss. Community-level micro enterprises will be set up receiving start-up kits, business and financial training, and continuous coaching and mentoring.

Increasing access to water infrastructure: The rehabilitation of water pumps will be facilitated and water pump management committees will be trained to take care of maintenance and repairs. Women will be supported to take on leadership roles.

Increasing access to maternal and child health services: Community health outreach activities will be supported though mobile brigades. Social Behaviour Change Communication will be promoted to increase consumption of safe and nutritious foods and adoption of hygiene practices.

Improved gender equality and women’s empowerment: Gender dialogue clubs will be set up at community level to address gender inequalities and improve knowledge, attitudes and practices related to early marriage, sexual and reproductive health, power dynamics, division of labour, and decision-making at household level.



Stunting in Mozambique affects about 35.9 percent of children under 5 years of age. Restrictive gender norms negatively impact the nutrition status of women, adolescent girls and children under five years of age. One out of two girls are married before the age of 18; and 40 percent give birth to their first child before the age of 18. Adolescent mothers are more likely to die in childbirth and to have underweight newborns. Young mothers regularly lose out on access to education. In rural areas, 62.4% of women are illiterate, compared to 36.7% of men.

Between 2019 and 2023, the Austrian Development Cooperation funded WFP to implement an integrated gender and nutrition-sensitive pilot programme (GTNS 1.0) in Chemba district, Sofala province, with a total budget of EUR 3,8 million. The programme followed a multisectoral approach that addressed basic, underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition. While GTNS 1.0 put in place the necessary conditions for reducing stunting, evaluation findings showed that further assistance is required to consolidate achievements and to scale impact through more cost-effective interventions thereby reaching more beneficiaries.


project number 2074-00/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Landwirtschaft
marker Environment: 1, Climate change adaptation: 1, Gender: 1, Reproductive health: 1, Poverty: 2, Disaster risk reduction: 1
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