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Launch of ADPP and SNV Farmers’ Club Project in Sofala and Zambezia

A new Farmers’ Club Project was launched on the 25th of November 2014 in Caia, Sofala Province. The Farmers’ Clubs for wealth creation among smallholder farmers in Mozambique is a 4-year project (2014-2018) financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented in the Districts of Maringue and Caia in Sofala Province and Districts of Namacurra and Nicoadala in Zambezia Province by ADPP Mozambique and SNV.The total budget of the Project is of USD 10 million.

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security and improving the life of over 14,000 small-scale farmers and their families in the selected districts. This will be done through the establishment of Farmers’ Clubs, training their members in sustainable agricultural practices, and strengthening the farmers’ productivity and farming diversification through various agricultural inputs. A special focus will also be given to improving the farmers’ access to markets and financial resources through micro-financing and marketing training as a ways to better integrate them to the local value chains. The Project will also improve the farmers’ water and sanitation conditions and raise their awareness on various health and environmental issues, including on the mitigation of the negative effects of climate change. Special emphasis will be given to women led-households and young farmers.

Over 150 people participated in the launch event held in Caia City, Sofala Province, including the National Director of Rural Extension, Mr. Fernando Mavie, the representatives of the Provinces of Sofala and Zambezia, Mr. João Saize Duarte and Mr. José Amândio Lópes, the Permanent Secretary of Caia District, Ms. Ana virgílio da Silva Costa, and the representatives of the government of Finland, Mr. Matti Tulonen, Councelor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Ms. Saana Halinen, Head of Cooperation from the Embassy of Finland in Maputo.

“Finland is proud to finance the work of ADPP here in Maringue and Caia in Sofala, and in Namacurra and Nicoadala in Zambezia,” said Mr. Matti Tulonen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in his speech at the launch event. “We hoped to find a partner who could support the farmer families holistically, because we know that the needs of these families in many areas of their lives need to be addressed at the same time. We sought for a Mozambican partner who could do all this. An organization, who knows the reality of the people in the rural areas and who is dedicated to help them. We realized ADPP is the ideal group of people to do this work.”

“The Ministry of Agriculture greets the idea of the Farmers’ Clubs with optimism and hope,” asserted Mr. Fernando Mavie, National Director of Rural Extension, in his launching speech. “The Project will contribute significantly to strengthening the Government's efforts in developing rural communities, since its approach (…) reflects the most advanced form of producer organization, a factor that will enable the farmers to take informed decisions on the solutions to their problems and challenges through collective bargaining. The producers affiliated to the Clubs will also have easy access to the support and extension services they need, as well as to the product and input markets, and this will be done in an effective and competitive way.”

“We believe that the Clubs have a great potential to influence the farmers and local government institutions in taking ownership of the Project and in tackling the day-to-day challenges by seeking solutions to each and every case, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the Project,” he concluded and continued to thanking each partner for their efforts in making the Project come true and declaring the Farmers’ Club Project officially launched.

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