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MOZ061 Food security

project description

The residents of Mozam­bique are mostly dependent on what they cultivate on their own fields. The local organi­sation Codesa support farm families by incre­asing their knowledge on sustai­nable agriculture. It works. Men and women who followed a training with Codesa, apply their knowledge. Usually their yield is four times greater than before. It means that part of the yield can be sold on the market, which gives the people the oppor­tunity to pay the school fees for their children.

In this program, deputies work together with Tear.

why this project?

To cultivate a piece of land is quite a challenge in Mozam­bique. The pattern of rainfall alter­nates between periods of drought and heavy rainfall. Failed harvests due to weather condi­tions often occur, and many families will suffer hunger. By knowing the right ways of culti­vation, these situa­tions of hunger can be prevented. For example, a field can be covered with waste of plants during extreme heat in order to reduce the drying of the soil. Codesa aims to making known this knowledge to the farmers.

impact?

Whoever applies the new knowledge on agriculture, will yield up to four times more corn or cassava then before. Farmers are encou­raged to share the knowledge with each other.

what can we learn

This program is called ‘conser­vation farming’, but it can also be called ‘farming God’s way’, doing agriculture as God intended. Whatever counts for Mozam­bique, also counts for us in the Nether­lands. Do we care with our livestock and agriculture as God intended?

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