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ADPP promotes rural sustainability with the support of KOICA

fogao poupa lenha com fogo edited2Aiming to contribute in decreasing the rural poverty in the districts of Maringué and Caia, in the Sofala Province, and in the districts of Namacurra and Nicoadala, in the Zambézia Province, by promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, ADPP Moçambique, aided by the financing of South Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, is implementing a project whose purpose is to introduce “firewood saving stoves”, the planting of trees, and the improvement of life conditions in rural areas, focusing especially on women.

This is an innovative project which promotes the decrease of firewood consumption by the target-communities through the introduction of 2,500 “firewood saving stoves”,  and also to ensure the environmental sustainability of eco-systems by adapting agroforestry and the planting of 120.000 trees.

This joint initiative of KOICA and ADPP is part – and contributes with complementary approaches – of the “Farmers Clubs for the creation of wealth among small-scale farmers in Mozambique” Project, launched in November 2014 in the mentioned 4 Districts and financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented by ADPP Mozambique and SNV, with the goal of contributing to improve food safety and the lives of over 14.000 small-scale farmers and their families.

During the Project, farmers will acquire skills in the production of stoves, withthe expectation that at the end of it, they will have acquired the capability of producing in a sustainable way the wood-saving” stoves, built with local materials, at a reduced investment. One of the specific benefits of the “wood-saving” stovesis that they allow the reduction of cut trees and the saving of women and children’s time in the search for firewood, allowing them to concentrate in the work of building the “machambas”, besides contributing to the reduction of respiratory diseases associated with the intensive burning of firewood for cooking.

Another aspect of the project financed by KOICA is that the planted trees will bring advantages to the beneficiaries’ farming systems, to their sustainable food safety through the planting of fruit trees and other very nutritious species, such as “moringa”, during years after the implementation period.

The number of final beneficiaries is estimated in around 39.500 people: 8.500 direct beneficiaries x 4 family members on average, and 5.500 mKoicaembers of the Farmers Club who, although not being direct beneficiaries of the training funded by KOICA, are included in awareness campaigns resulting from these.

The project has the duration of 1 year and is estimated in 107.454 USD, of which 49.815 USD are financed by KOICA and 57.639 USD by Finland’s Foreign Affairs Ministry.