Finland supports development of Zambezia

According to a press release from the Finnish embassy in Maputo, this programme forms part of the overall Finnish support for Mozambican agriculture and rural development.

The project is intended to finance activities that contribute to poverty reduction, with particular stress on poor women, and which lead to sustainable management of natural resources.

It is also concerned with developing rural businesses, through the processing and marketing of crops. The first phase of the project will focus on Mocuba district in the heart of Zambezia, and it will then gradually expand to the neighbouring districts.

“The key problem to be addressed by the project”, states the release, “is the persistence of rural poverty in Zambezia, and this is linked to insufficient and unsustainable use of the great agricultural and forestry potential in the province”.

The project hopes to support the government’s decentralisation, and rural development policies “through a combination of capacity building, micro-projects and sharing of information”.

Within the Mozambican government, the Planning and Development Ministry is responsible for implementing the project, in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Zambezia provincial government, and the relevant district bodies.

The release adds that, as part of a policy to transfer knowhow to local communities, the project will be implemented in collaboration with the private sector and with NGOs.

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