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A happy recipient of the Green Innovation Centre emergency kit
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Emergency kits distributed to 8,600 smallholder farmers

Hit hard by cyclone Idai, farmers in the Beira corridor region receive seeds from a German cooperation project to ensure food production during the second agricultural season

25. Apr 2019

To mitigate the risk of severe food shortages resulting from cyclone Idai, Germany’s International Cooperation Agency, GIZ, is making an emergency intervention to beneficiaries of its ‘Green Innovation Centre in the Agri-Food Sector’ project in Mozambique. In total, 31 tonnes of grain and leguminous seeds, 160 tonnes of fertilizers, 11,600 packages of horticulture seeds, 2,400 bottles of insecticide, 170 sprayers with protection gear and 8,600 hoes are being distributed.

Part of the German Government’s ”ONE WORLD ‒ No Hunger” initiative and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GIZ has established Green Innovation Centres for Agriculture and Food across 14 countries, most of which are in Africa. The initiative applies agricultural and nutritional innovations to make smallholder farms more productive, raising farmers’ incomes and increasing the availability of locally grown food in local markets. Managed by NIRAS-IP Consult in Mozambique, the project is active in the Sofala and Manica provinces where cyclone Idai took its biggest toll, motivating the project team to propose the distribution of the kits.

Focusing on specific value chains ‒ pigeon pea, organic rice, and baobab ‒ NIRAS-IP Consult has been working with smallholder farms in the localities of Siluvo, Matenga, Lamego, Tica and Metuchira of Nhamatanda district and Pungué in Gorongosa district, where up to now the project has already reached 8,600 farmers with training on suitable innovations.

Unfortunately, the production areas in Nhamatanda district and part of Gorongosa district, were almost totally destroyed by the intensity of Idai’s winds and the torrential rains. It is estimated that 60—80% of the maize harvest has been lost. Fortunately, the pigeon pea crop was resilient and is expected to recover up to a certain extent. Suffering even further, farmers in the localities of Lamego and Tica, and to a lesser extent Metuchira, lost part or all of their homes and agricultural equipment and suffered from severe flooding of their fields.

The exercise was realised at short notice in close consultation with GIZ and with technical inputs from our partners Phoenix Seeds and Luteari, with the latter taking full responsibility for organisation of the logistics. We were able to act quickly thanks to NIRAS-IP Consult’s flexible procurement and payment procedures and support from head office.

Martinus Ruijten, Team Leader for the Green Innovation Centre for Agri-Food Sector project.

To alleviate some of the impact and ensure the production of food during the second agricultural season, the project is distributing – free of charge – a kit to the 8,600 farmers. Each farmer receives maize seeds (short cycle to produce fresh corn after 45 days and grain after 110 to 130 days) along with fertilizers and insecticide, cow pea (source of protein – providing leaves after 30 days and peas after that) and pigeon pea /sugar beans (as a source of protein and for income generation) as well as a hoe. The kit includes a technical sheet on how to plant and maintain the crops.

The director of the Sustainable Economic Development Programme (ProEcon) in Mozambique, Doris Becker, expressed her satisfaction with the efficiency of delivery efforts, saying “Congratulations to all of you for this fast response, very impressive and I really hope it gives the people some hope.” 

For media enquiries, please contact:

Erika Conselho, Communication Advisor, GIZ, Maputo, T: + 258 2149325860, M + 258 84 7829323, E: erika.conselho@giz.de, I: www.giz.de

Martinus Ruijten, Team Leader of the global Green Innovation Center in the Agro-Food Sector – GIAE Beira, M + 258 84 849 6798, E: Martinus.Ruijten@ip-consult.de