Verbesserung von Dürrefrühwarnsystemen in Mosambik durch Satellitendaten zur Unterstützung der Ernährungssicherheit
The project aims to increase food security in Mozambique through improving drought early warning and early action and increasing efficiency of agricultural practices. For this purpose, the Technical University of Vienna (TU Vienna), one of the world's leading research institutes on remote sensing of soil moisture and vegetation, aims to develop together with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER), the Red Cross movement and the World Food Programme (WFP) soil moisture and vegetation products and indicators for Mozambique.
1. Improved capacity for drought early warning and early action.
2. Improved institutional capacity on climate change mitigation and early warning.
3. Improved capacity and starting position for women through obtained qualification to work with satellite data for land and water monitoring with benefits of increased yield and income.
Target group / Beneficiaries
The project will cover two drought prone districts in the Provinces of Sofala (Buzi and Muanza) and Inhambane (Massinga and Mabote). The beneficiaries of the intervention include 800 smallholder farmers who will receive training and assistance including through practical field demonstrations of developed drought early warning tools. In addition, 24 extension officers, 8 provincial technicians and 22 focal points from government institutions, Red-cross, WFP, FAO and other key stakeholders will receive training on the use of drought monitoring tools. To empower women and improve their (starting) position in sciences and technology, a tailored women2women mentoring programme will be set up, which will include regular meeting, support for career development, writing papers, proposals and job applications and actively introducing women to the science community through meetings, conferences and joint publications. In total, approximately, 800,060 persons are expected to directly benefit from this intervention.
Development of a roadmap and user requirements for the use of remote sensing soil moisture data and a drought monitoring tool in Mozambique to be tested for different agroecological zones.
Technical development, evaluation and testing of satellite soil moisture and drought indicators with a focus on application for food security.
Integration and exploitation of drought early warning tool in existing drought early warning platforms for practical field implementation.
Gender sensitive capacity development of project beneficiaries (policy makers, technicians, and extension officers) for increasing land and water productivity, including agriculture policies and smallholder farmers awareness.
Agriculture is the backbone of the Mozambican economy. Nearly a quarter of the national GDP depends on the agricultural sector which employs nearly about 70% of the national population and around 80% of the rural inhabitants. Most staple foods are grown for own consumption and produced in rain-fed systems. Mozambique is one of the countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region most affected by natural hazards including severe droughts which have become a cyclical problem affecting livelihoods of about 2.3 million people in 32 districts of Mozambique.