MOZ061 Food security
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.
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?