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SUSTAIN impacts life of the communities of Marara, Mágoè and Cahora-Bassa

Maria ForessanoSUSTAIN - Club of producers’ project, implemented by ADPP in partnership with the MICAIA Foundation, funded by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is positively impacting the lives of rural communities in the districts of Mágoè and Cahora-Bassa in Tete province.

The project, driven by an integrated landscape approach, focuses on climate change resilience and food security solutions for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. The results are visible.

Maria Raundi Foressano is a farmer of the district of Mágoè, belonging to the club of producers called Ntenderi Wafika. She says that before the start of the SUSTAIN project, life in her locality was quite difficult, because the agricultural production was low due to the dry characteristic of the land in that region.

The sun was intense and our plants were always dying. When ADPP technicians arrived they taught how to ensure a good production even in dry weather, through the compost of manure and grass to maintain the moisture of the soil. The results were good, we got a good production. We sold the products and we bought a plot of land for the club, where we produce several crops, says Maria Foressano.

The project, in addition to other actions such as the teaching techniques to combat soil erosion, built a rope pump to facilitate the irrigation of the club's gardens.
The techniques learned in the clubs are replicated in the individual gardens of each member of the club. Successful case of this replica is the case of Mr. Freitas, a former coal salesman who, after raising awareness of the SUSTAIN project, abandoned the practice to devote himself to agriculture and today is a model farmer.

In this garden I produce the tomato, cabbage, onion and beans. I am very happy with the project. I have learned a lot, for example, that it is very important to stop cutting trees and proceed with agricultural production. I learned that the excessive cutting of the trees causes rain shortages which will hinder production. If someone tells me to cut the trees again, I will not accept, explain!

In Mágoè National Park, the project is looking for alternative community livelihood measures through agriculture, animal husbandry, fisheries and the use of non-timber forest products.

The Director of the National Park of Mágoè, Luís Namanha, believes that the project is having a positive impact to the extent that some behaviours harmful to the park are being abandoned gradually.

People no longer make burnings because they know that they have to protect their hives, they are aware of the importance of preserving nature and its resources. ADPP is instructing the communities on conservation agriculture, which is having a very positive impact. The community is aware that they don’t need to ravage forests in order to have their income, they don’t need chemical fertilizers to produce more, but organic fertilizers.

The changes within the national park of Mágoè also covered local fisheries communities. New fishing techniques, fish treatment and drying, were transmitted to fishermen.

Mateus Fernando is a fisherman and says how the SUSTAIN project impacted his life and the community as a whole.

Fish was taken out from the river and treated directly on the shores and washed in the water. We had no idea we were damaging the environment. When ADPP technicians arrived, they taught us new ways to do our business without harming the environment, he explains.

It should be noted that the SUSTAIN-Club of producers’ project covers 2,000 families in the districts of Marara, Mágoè, Cahora-Bassa and aims to promote synergy between natural resources and the way which communities make agricultural and fisheries production and thus increase the production and the income of farmers.