For the first episode of our video blog on the “Rural Quelimane” project, co-funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, we went to Pida, in the Namacurra district, to talk with Atija Perreira, her husband Moniz Nicuadala and their children Calida, Calido and Chaquira.
Atija and Moniz have one hectare of land where they produce a good part of what will be consumed by the family during the year: cassava, potatoes, tomatoes, pumpkins, beans, vegetables and some fruits such as bananas and pineapples.
However, the lack of knowledge related to the associations, an excessive exploitation of the land and the lack of vegetation cover have contributed to make their soil less and less fertile.
During the first year of the project, the family benefited from intensive agroecological trainings and the construction of a cistern to collect rainwater from the roof. Thanks to these activities, Atija and Moniz now produce more and better, as Atija states in this video:
These are small steps that increase the food security of the families benefiting from the project, both in terms of increasing soil fertility and water availability.
However, there is still a lot of work to do…