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Farmers learn sustainable ways to mitigate the effects of global warming

FC Farmer womanDespite the country’s huge agricultural potential, average production levels remain very low and are extremely vulnerable to weather-related changes to growing conditions. This is largely due to the widespread use of traditional farming methods, lack of agricultural inputs, lack of technical assistance and infrastructure and limited access to markets. This perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in rural areas and results in the country’s food security remaining highly volatile.

The Farmers Club project, implemented by ADPP Mozambique and financed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been reversing this scenario by promoting sustainable ways to mitigate the effects of global warming, thereby ensuring the food security of their families. In the field, this means that clubs promote agroforestry, while projects provide access to energy-saving devices, such as stoves, and encourage small-scale businesses by rural communities.

The Project is geared towards empowering farmers to take charge of their lives through training, obtaining new farming supplies and equipment through co-sharing, and developing greater negotiating power in the markets. This is done by shifting from traditional farming methods towards climate-smart agriculture, which increases productivity, profits and food security, while conserving the environment.

According to the ADPP Annual Report 2017, last year 14,773 farmers were trained in conservation agriculture techniques in Sofala and Zambézia, with 70% adopting conservation agriculture methods.

In the context of nature conservation in order to minimize the effects of global warming, 321,200 seedlings of reforestation were planted in Sofala and Zambézia, in addition to the construction of 5,802 saving firewood stoves.