Mani Tese, through the international cooperation project “Rural Quelimane: produces, grows and consumes sustainable”, co-financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, aims to strengthen the food system of the city of Quelimane, in the province of Zambezia in Mozambique.
Since 2018, various interventions have been put into practice to improve and support the production and marketing of agricultural products, to encourage the consumption of local, healthy and nutritious food, and to reduce poverty while generating sustainable development.
As part of the project, the adoption of innovative and sustainable practices is promoted, and collaboration with other associations, companies and Italian institutions is a useful and effective tool for exchanging experiences.
Some activities of the Quelimane Agricola project were carried out in partnership with the Municipality of Milan and its subsidiary MM Spa, which also deals with the management of the water system in the city of Milan. In the past years there have been several exchange visits between Italy and Mozambique: the Municipality of Milan and MM Spa went several times to Quelimane for cooperation interventions and in November 2019 representatives of the Municipality of Quelimane and of FIPAG (Fundo de Investimento and Património do Abastecimento de Água) were able to visit MM’s purification plants and analysis laboratories. From these Mozambique-Italy exchanges, the desire to investigate some issues related to water management was born.
Due to the emergency from COVID-19, this year it was not possible to carry out local missions, nor to collaborate in Italy with Mozambican partners. To address the inability to travel, it was decided to organize a webinar, to be made available to the Municipality of Quelimane and FIPAG, on improving the management and distribution of water.
In the video tutorial MM will make available its know-how and the results obtained in the city of Milan to achieve two important objectives in the city of Quelimane: the first concerns the management of waste water in the city markets, and therefore the methods of collecting and treating water; the second objective, on the other hand, concerns the reduction of the percentage of water dispersed, therefore the waste due to the losses of water systems.
The impossibility of meeting on the one hand made this exchange of experiences and good practices more complicated, but on the other hand it allowed us to find valid alternatives in order to not interrupt and, indeed, to keep the cooperation between Milan and Quelimane alive.
To find out more about the project: https://www.manitese.it/en/project/rural-quelimane-produces-grows-consumes-sustainable