The European Union (EU) will support ten thousand more Mozambican farmers to produce cereals for the country to face the world food crisis aggravated by the war in Ukraine.
The measure will result from a reinforcement of 15 million euros for the Promove AgriBiz programme celebrated today, November 4, in Maputo.
“These funds will allow us, starting this farming season, to extend our current support to more farmers, helping them to produce more and more sustainably so that they can face future crises and, especially this year, mitigate the impact of the dramatic increase in production costs,” said Antonino Maggiore, EU Ambassador to Mozambique.
Promove AgriBiz already supports 22 thousand farmers and the reinforcement announced today represents an increase of 45%.
The diplomat was speaking at the signing ceremony of the support in partnership with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Mozambique Grains Institute (ICM).
“The new funds allocated will help create the strategic food reserve, according to the mandate of the ICM. The aim is to support the production of 16,000 tons of maize and 4,000 tons of beans,” the EU said in a statement.
The aid is part of the 23 million announced in September for Mozambique as part of the overall package of 600 million euros from the European Development Fund for food aid and production in the most vulnerable African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
In Mozambique, the EU expects disruptions in production and trade in cereals and fertilizers to lead to shortages and likely price increases with a negative impact on food security for the poorest population groups
Subsistence agriculture is the main source of food for the majority of the Mozambican population, currently estimated at 31.6 million people, about half of whom are under 18.