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ADPP supports farmers in Sofala to increase productivity, food security and income

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Since April 2015, ADPP is implementing a project in support of small holder famers in Sofala province in Mozambique. The project intends to improve food security, increase income, and advocate for social equity among 2.000 rural small holder farmers in the district of Nhamatanda. The project will help farmers get organized in associations, increase agricultural productivity and improve post-harvest management practices. It will also help in job creation in processing and animal husbandry, especially for vulnerable groups, and link the producers to markets. With an average household size of 5.9 people in Nhamatanda, the total number of direct beneficiaries is around 10.000 people.

The theory of change of the project is: If farmers and other rural poor practicing informal economy activities (1) get organised in clubs/associations, (2) receive some basic inputs and (3) skills training to (a) Boost and diversify production (in agriculture and animal husbandry), (b) Store and process crops,(c) Access markets and financial services THEN they improve their food security and increase their incomes, which combined with cross-cutting issues such as gender, vulnerable groups and environment leads to sustainable improvements in financial and consumption resilience of rural population. The acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy skills facilitates the adaptation of new technologies by the rural poor and will enhance their ability to make profit

The expected impact of the project is enhanced food security and financial resilience of 2.000 rural households. Specific results include: Agricultural productivity increased by 70% among 1.900 small-holder farmers; Family income of 2.000 households increased by 25%; Food security maintained throughout the year in 2.000 households; Organizational capacity of small-scale farmers strengthened through establishment of 40 Farmers Clubs; Increased awareness about land rights, human rights, social protection among 10.000 people; improved equity for marginalized groups (income of vulnerable people recruited to the project increased by 25%); 1.500 people gain the ability to read and write.