ADPP Mozambique empowers people through social and economic development

What We Do

ADPP Mozambique empowers people through social and economic development

How We Do It

At ADPP Mozambique, we believe everyone deserves the best. As global citizens we all have the right to achieve our potential through access to good healthcare, education, and economic opportunities.

How We Do It

We aim to provide opportunities for all Mozambicans and deliver development initiatives in health, education, and agriculture, to over 6.5 million Mozambicans. Our focus is on fostering personal growth by providing the tools, knowledge, and skills, that empower people and communities to reach their potential no matter what their background or situation.

It has always been our focus to encourage and build on the active participation of people, whether that be farmers and their families, farmer and producer clubs, health support groups, girls clubs, or teachers and students in schools. Our organization was established in order to support all Mozambicans and communities are our strongest allies in achieving a more just and equitable world.


ADPP Mozambique is committed to ensuring access to education for all and improving the overall quality of education. Access to quality education is proven to have a transformative impact on people’s lives, improving a number of social and economic indicators.


Inclusive and equitable quality education and life-long learning are central to ADPP Mozambique. We believe universal access to education is crucial for the development of a country and we work to increase the number of teachers in rural communities and support our female teachers that encourage girls to stay in school and finish their studies.

We make a large-scale contribution to the delivery of education across the country. To achieve our goals for education, and those of the Government of Mozambique, ADPP Mozambique runs the following educational institutions: one Institute of Higher Education, eleven teacher training colleges; covering all provinces of the country, two vocational schools, one secondary school and two primary schools.

Our educational institutions, along with the numerous projects we deliver outside of these institutions, support marginalized children and those living in difficult conditions. The core focus is on delivering life-long learning initiatives and combining vocational and academic training with sustainable life skills.

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Around 23,451 primary school teachers have graduated from the ADPP Teacher Training Colleges to date. ADPP Teacher Training Colleges train primary school teachers who are passionate educators that are capable of leading various community development initiatives in rural communities.

ADPP Mozambique also supports a network of graduate teachers, offering in service training and peer support to primary school teachers.

ADPP Mozambique created the Institute of Higher Education for Education and Technology – One World (ISET-One World), which offers bachelor’s degrees in Pedagogy and Community Development. It aims to help graduates become dedicated teachers and dynamic project managers that implement community development projects. More than 1,100 students have graduated from the ISET-One World since 2005.

The Vocational Schools offer training in Agriculture & Livestock, Business Management, Construction and Hospitality & Tourism and have an annual capacity of 300 students. The school centers also offer short courses with tailor-made skills training and entrepreneurship programs for local communities and young people.

ADPP Mozambique has implemented “Food for Knowledge” a project supported by Planet Aid in the Maputo Province of Mozambique, which aims to improve the school performance and nutrition of 90,000 pupils in 271 primary schools by offering daily school meals and improving teaching and learning. In a number of selected primary schools this also includes bilingual education.


Health is a core focus of ADPP Mozambique. We believe that only a healthy community can build a healthy nation and as an organization we are dedicated to contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the targets around SDG 3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all.


Our internationally recognized Total Control of the Epidemic (TCE) program is also contributing to achieve the global targets of reducing the prevalence of HIV and AIDS, by finding and mobilizing the persons who have been missed by the health system to get started and stay on treatment.

Our range of health programs and interventions focus on putting people, rather than diseases, at the center of the response. The main focus is to make community members accountable for their health and well-being by sharing information and creating awareness around health interventions. We want to enable them to insist on access to a quality health care system as a constitutional right for all citizens.

ADPP Mozambique has always emphasized the prevention and control of communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Communicable diseases pose major challenges to the lives of Mozambicans and can have a serious impact on both health and socio-economic outcomes. It is critical to stop the transmission of these diseases.

Our projects also focus on managing malnutrition as effectively improving nutrition, especially among young children and adolescents, can help build a healthy and productive community.

More broadly, we support the people and the Government of Mozambique to address a range of health and development issues, utilizing knowledge from our previous efforts, experience and existing knowledge and resources.

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To date, ADPP Mozambique has designed and implemented 39 HIV and Tuberculosis projects in Mozambique with the focus on improving people’s knowledge, rights, and responsibility for their own health.

Our core specialty is conceptualizing, implementing and managing Tuberculosis prevention and treatment projects with community-based approaches.

    We deploy several strategies and approaches in implementing these projects, namely:
  • TCE (Total Epidemic Control): aims to educate people about HIV, to ask them to assess their own risk of transmission, and to offer them testing services.
  • Index case tracking: focuses on tracking family members and sexual partners of HIV-positive cases. The newly diagnosed HIV cases are then encouraged to undertake antiretroviral treatment.
  • Treatment support groups: community-based treatment support groups where a team is trained to support adherence to treatment and psychosocial support to the patient.
  • Targeted interventions: reaching high-risk groups such as truck drivers, migrant workers, or sex workers.
  • Malaria: early diagnosis and treatment are the main focus of the malaria elimination strategy. In addition, we strengthen community responses through awareness and education, and consistent use of mosquito nets by distributing millions of nets.
  • Community Health: supports proper nutritional education along with immediate treatment for nutritional deficiencies that have a major impact on the overall health of the community.


ADPP Mozambique is committed to supporting small-scale farmers move towards increased sustainable food production. Subsistence agriculture, which is the predominant form of farming in Mozambique, rarely involves an economically viable option for extra income. This then perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in rural areas and is exacerbated by the effect of climate change on food security, which is highly volatile for a large majority of the population.


To respond to these challenges, ADPP Mozambique has adopted and developed an innovative model, to assist farmers: “the Farmers’ Club”.

The Farmers’ Club model is designed to empower small and medium-sized farmers to transform agriculture systems as well as other food chains like fisheries into competitive and sustainable production lines and supply chains that increase food security along with the income of rural households.

These clubs enable farmers to work together to address the array of challenges they face by promoting gender equality in farming and within the club leadership, building capacity for sustainable agriculture practices, and training small-scale farmers to migrate from subsistence to commercial farming. The model also strengthens farmers’ access to markets and finance.

Our model is adapted and developed to other essential food chains such as fisheries, and the collection and processing of Non-Timber Forest Products.

Through the Farmers’ Club, ADPP Mozambique has benefitted 170,000 rural people and worked directly with 34,000 small-scale farmers and 500 fishermen in nine provinces in Mozambique.

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ADPP Mozambique Farmers’ Club Program was first launched in Mozambique in 2006 and focuses on empowering farmers to increase their self-sufficiency, allowing them to adopt solutions that are relevant to their problems.

ADPP’s Farmers’ Clubs model is a holistic and nature-based approach to address the challenges faced by small scale farmers.

Since 2004, ADPP has trained 34,000 small-scale farmers in 9 provinces of Mozambique through projects lasting 3-6 year.

Each club has approximately 50 members and at least 50% of members are women. Farmers participating in Farmers´ Clubs generally increase their income by 100% over a period of 2-3 years, while also diversifying their food production.

The model - which is being successfully used in many countries in sub Saharan Africa - builds the capacity of farmers and guides them to develop plans to build their resilience as individuals and organized farmers and producers, impacting families and entire communities.

The model adopts a farmer-centered approach where the farmer is the main driving force and the leader in the planning and development of all actions at individual, household and community level. The model promotes improved management of natural resources, while at the same time offering economic strengthening to farmer households.

Farmers´ Clubs typically address a wide range of issues as part of a comprehensive plan to improve production and income for farmers, including: improving the organization of the farmers, building sustainable production methods, facilitating improvement in soil, increasing sustainable use of water resources, improving irrigation systems, increasing tree planting, improving storage, building agro-processing, improving market access, building value chains and providing financing.

For more about the Humana People to People Federation and the Farmers’ Clubs model, please see:

Humanitarian Aid

Natural disasters exacerbated by climate change will become more frequent, more numerous, and have a more devastating impact on communities now and in the future. During natural disasters, the poorest and most vulnerable countries and communities suffer the most.

Humanitarian Aid

To respond to this, ADPP Mozambique embeds climate change prevention and mitigation in all its projects and programs, whenever possible. In the event of an emergency or disaster, ADPP Mozambique works with affected communities to provide recovery assistance. After an emergency, ADPP Mozambique continues to work with affected communities, local governments, and partners, to help them build resilience and a road to sustainability.

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In 2019, when Mozambique was hit by two strong tropical cyclones; Cyclone Idai, which caused landfall in Beira City and cut a path of destruction through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe; and a few weeks later, Cyclone Kenneth, which hit the Northern Provinces. The destruction, loss of lives and livelihood for millions of Mozambicans changed everything within minutes.

Several ADPP Mozambique projects, situated in some of the worst affected areas in Sofala province, were impacted. However, they were also among the first to step in and provide immediate humanitarian responses.

ADPP Mozambique participated in providing shelter kits and mosquito nets, and distributing seeds and agriculture instruments for food security, hygiene kits, dignity kits, kitchen kits and family clothes packages. Distributions were undertaken in collaboration with the local government while the United Nations dispatched the delivery response. ADPP Mozambique also implemented awareness campaigns in the prevention of waterborne diseases such as malaria, cholera, and diarrhea, both in Sofala and Manica provinces. More than 70,000 people were directly assisted thanks to these distributions and campaigns.

Second-hand Clothes

ADPP Mozambique created the ADPP Fundraising project “ADPP Vestuário” in 1988 with the aim of raising funds to support social development projects.

Second-hand Clothes

Millions of Mozambicans depend on good quality secondhand clothes to get dressed affordably. "ADPP Vestuário'' offers a reliable supply of affordable secondhand clothing and footwear to address this crucial need. Beyond supplying millions of people in the country with affordable clothing, the project also creates business opportunities, jobs, and income, in communities across the country.

ADPP Mozambique has developed and remodeled “ADDP Vestuário” over the last decade into a social enterprise with the capacity to generate funds in support of ADPP Mozambique's development projects and programs.

"ADPP Vestuário" has 162 employees working at the Sorting Centre in Beira, where clothes, collected mainly from Europe, are received, sorted and categorized. The clothes are weighed, and quality controlled before being pressed, wrapped, branded, and finally delivered, to sales outlets in central and northern Mozambique, to be sold by ADPP Vestuário’s network.

ADPP Mozambique estimates that at least 3 million people, mainly from rural areas with difficult access throughout the country, have the opportunity to purchase clothing through this set-up and that 14-15,000 people make a living from their own sustainable business through the purchase and sale of second-hand clothes and shoes.