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Mozambique Hosts Brazilian Cotton Experts to Help Establish a Federal Institute in Nampula

Mozambique Hosts Brazilian Cotton Experts to Help Establish a Federal Institute in Nampula

The Brasilian Ministry of Education (MEC), represented by the Secretariat of Vocational and Technological Education (Setec), made a technical visit, between May 4 and 14, to assist in the implementation of a Federal Institute in the region of Nampula, Mozambique.

The binational project ‘Cotton Pathways: Mozambique Cotton Innovation Centre (CIAM)’ is being made possible through the Technical Cooperation Programme between the countries and aims to export the model of the farm schools of the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education in order to introduce agricultural teaching methodologies to meet the needs of the African country.

The initiative is an action of the United Nations Programme and aims to reorganise the cotton production chain, increase the rural population’s income and qualify the workforce, in addition to qualifying managers and producers. The delegation was joined by Setec’s Director for the Development of the Federal Network of Vocational, Scientific and Technological Education and project coordinator, Marcelo Bregagnoli, as well as representatives from the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), the Federal University of Lavras (Ufla), the Federal Institute of Southern Minas Gerais (IFSuldeMinas) and the Federal Institute of Santa Catarina (IFC).

The Brazilian experts are sharing technical support in the implementation of the new unit, by the Mozambican government, to assist in the area of cotton seed production and in strengthening governance and governance. “The exchange of experience has been carried out based on the expertise used in setting up the Federal Institutes. We are helping so that the Mozambican unit has laboratories, structure for management and culture techniques, to control pests and produce cotton textiles”, Bregagnoli stressed.

The model of the federal institutes, which is unified in three main pillars: teaching, research and extension; adds to the Institute of the Nampula region technical capacities that will subsidise the strategies and development policies of the cotton sector in the country.

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