Sofala Province Water, Energy, and Food Security Project (SWEF)
The project aims to improve the adaptive capacity of rural small holder farmers to impacts of climate change, and to reduce poverty in an inclusive manner. The project includes innovative and inclusive solutions to tackle chronic and transient food and nutrition insecurity caused primarily by low agricultural production. It also introduces solutions to improve access to water and sanitation, and clean energy by exploiting the food, water and energy nexus. The project will promote well researched climate smart agricultural technologies to improve agricultural production and conserve the natural environment.
The project aims to improve food, nutrition, income and livelihood outcomes of small holder farmers in Caia, Buzi and Machanga districts.
Output 1: Small holder crop and livestock productivity and access to markets equitably improved
Output 2: Access to clean energy alternatives, safe water and sanitation facilities for rural families improved
The primary target group of the project are small holder farmers with a special focus on women, child and elderly persons headed households as well as households with malnourished children and those caring for orphans, and people with disabilities. In total, 25,000 households (100.000 people) are expected to directly benefit from project interventions.
Female small holder farmers will be specifically targeted because they often bear the brunt of climate change impacts in their role as care givers and livelihood providers.
-) Establish demonstration plots for testing selected CSA technologies on farmers’ plots
-) Conduct field days to show case crop performance using the promoted CSAs
-) Train extension workers and farmer in CSAs and management practices for small ruminants, indigenous chickens and fish farming
-) Consult stakeholders and design channels weather advisory delivery
-) Establish networks with farm input suppliers and produce off takers
-) Conduct training in marketing and mobilise farmers to form functional groups
-) Conduct feasibility studies/assessments of suitable locations for installation of the selected facilities
-) Select and train community water and energy management committees
-) Train ministry staff and community artisans involved in construction of water and energy infrastructure
-) Conduct training on water management and facilitate formation of water management committees
-) Conduct hygiene training for households
-) Train women groups in improved cook stove production
-) Train selected community members in VIP latrine construction
This project is anchored in Mozambique’s National Agricultural Strategy (PEDSA 2011-2020), which aims to achieve broad based economic development through growth of the agricultural sector. The strategy aims to turn agriculture into a modern commercially driven and inclusive sector to achieve national economic development. By diversifying the crop production base, and improving production of nutritious food and high value cash crops through climate smart agriculture (CSA), this project will directly contribute to the attainment of PEDSA’s vision.
In addition, this project contributes to the National Agriculture Investment Plan (PINSA)‘s strategy to support small holders in growing a variety of nutritious foods, support to research and introduction of various crops and dissemination of fortified varieties of staple crops.