Increasing Food and Nutrition Security for Women in the District of Chemba in Sofala Province, Mozambique

Projektträger: WFP - World Food Programme Land: Mozambique Fördersumme: € 3.800.000,00 Beginn: 01.01.2019 Ende: 30.09.2023



Women empowerment enables improved nutritional diversity and reduces stunting among children under the age of five in the district of Chemba in Sofala Province.

Despite an average GDP annual growth rate of 7.9% for much of the post-war recovery period (1996-2015), economic expansion has only had a moderate impact on poverty reduction in Mozambique, and malnutrition continues to affect a large part of the population. The Cost of Hunger in Africa analysis for Mozambique found that about 800 million Euros are lost every year because of stunting (chronic malnutrition).


Erwartete Ergebnisse

ADA contributes to the World Food Programme (WFP) country strategic plan for Mozambique 2022 – 2026 (previously CSP 2017-2022). For ADA’s contribution, the following results are defined:

- 5.000 women in Chemba can reduce possible harvest loss and have an improved (nutritious and diverse) diet for themselves and their families and

- 5.000 women and girls are aware of their sexual and reproductive rights


10.000 pregnant and lactating women and young girls in Chemba are the target group. 32.500 people living in 6.500 households will finally benefit from the ADA contribution.

ADA earmarks its contribution for the district of Chemba in Sofala Province. The population of Chemba is about 87,925 (41,077 and 46,848). Following the Integrated Phase Classification Chemba is classified as crisis level 3. This means that even with any humanitarian assistance at least one in five households has food consumption gaps with high or above usual acute malnutrition or is only able to meet minimum food needs with accelerated efforts.

To implement this country strategic plan the World Food Programme works together with the Government of Mozambique, namely the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health and non-state actors.


WFP applies a holistic approach combining increased agricultural productivity, short-term food assistance and awareness raising aiming at changing patriarchal structures that often hinder the food security of women. The following measures will be taken:

Increase of agricultural productivity: A key element is to train farmers in climate resilient agricultural methods (minimum soil disturbance, crop diversification) and to diversify seeds (adapted to the local climate context, drought resilient). Another vital aspect is introducing improved harvesting and food processing methods to reduce post-harvest loss (efficient drying techniques, conservation/storage methods. Families will also be supported in planting vegetable- and fruit gardens with sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables and fruit trees that produce fruits rapidly to ensure food security in the immediate area of households.

Food assistance: The beneficiaries receive e-vouchers which are redeemable with local retailers for a food basket (fortified maize meal, beans, fortified oil, iodized salt and eggs). The food assistance will be for 6 months in the first year, 4 months in the second year and 2 months in the third year to ensure that the beneficiaries gradually increase their food coverage through their own agricultural production.

Awareness raising: e.g. about sexual and reproductive rights and the link between malnutrition and stunting of children. Community radio will be engaged to transmit targeted messages to communities. Health activists will support pregnant and lactating women (health status, transfer to health facilities).

Based on the recommendations of the mid-term review additional funds of EUR 800.000 were allocated to the programme in September 2022 to accommodate delays in implementation due to COVID-19 and to ensure sustainable results. Additional activities include reinforcing the capacity of relevant local authorities to take over the programme after the project closure in June 2023.


In Mozambique one out of two children under-five is stunted, 26% of all child mortality is associated with undernutrition. In Sofala the stunting and wasting rates for children under-five are 41.2% and 7% respectively.

Mozambique is ranked 138th out of 189 countries on the gender equality index. Mozambique has the tenth highest number of child marriages globally and 40% giving birth to their first child before the age of 18. Young age at first birth also contributes to the high fertility rate of 6.6 in rural areas and a high maternal mortality rate of 489/100,000 live births, one of the highest in the world.

These challenges are a result of restrictive gender norms and impact malnutrition of women and girls, which transfer malnutrition to children during pregnancy.

In order to reduce stunting, WFP will support the Government of Mozambique and their partners to implement a gender- and nutrition sensitive approach that addresses basic, underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition.

Projektnummer 2074-00/2019
Mittelherkunft OEZA
Sektor Landwirtschaft
Modalität Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by international organisations (multilateral, INGO)
Marker Umwelt: 1, Klimawandel Anpassung: 1, Geschlecht: 2, Reproduktive Gesundheit: 1, Armut: 2, Reduzierung des Katastrophen-Risikos: 1
  • Marker: kennzeichnet und bewertet die entwicklungspolitische Zielsetzung eines Projektes auf Gendergleichstellung, Reproduktive Gesundheit, Umweltschutz, Demokratieförderung, Armutsorientierung, Entwicklung des Handels sowie auf die Erfüllung der Klima- Biodiversitäts- und Wüstenkonventionen.
    • 1= das entwicklungspolitische Ziel ist in das Projekt integriert
    • 2= das entwicklungspolitsche Ziel ist der spezifische Inhalt des Projekts
  • Mittelherkunft: Die ADA setzt in Projekten und Programmen Mittel der Österreichischen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (OEZA) sowie anderer Finanzierungsquellen um.
    • AKF - Auslandskatastrophenfonds der Österreichischen Bundesregierung
    • BMLFUW - Bundesministerium für Land- und Forstwirtschaft, Umwelt und Wasserwirtschaft
    • EU - Mittel der Europäischen Kommission
    • Andere Geber - Diverse Finanzquellen, die dem jährlichen Geschäftsbericht der ADA im Detail zu entnehmen sind.
  • Modalität: definiert die Art der Hilfe (z.B: Sektorbudgethilfe, Kernbeiträge an multilaterale Institutionen, Projekthilfe, Technische Assistenz (personelle Hilfe), Bildungsarbeit im Inland, etc.)
  • Sektor: bezeichnet den wirtschaftlichen oder sozialen Sektor des Partnerlandes, welcher mit dem Projekt/Programm unterstützt wird.
  • Tied/Untied: Ungebundene (untied) Hilfe ermöglicht dem Projektpartner im Entwicklungsland - unter Befolgung der lokalen Beschaffungsregeln - freie Entscheidung über die Herkunftsländer im Zuge der Beschaffung von Dienstleistungen und Waren. Gebundene (tied) Hilfe verknüpft die Hilfsleistung auf die Beschaffung aus dem Geberland oder aus einem eingeschränkten Kreis von Ländern.