On Thursday 18 October 2018 the presentation of the “Rural Quelimane: produces, grows and consumes sustainable” project was held in Milan, which saw the involvement of the Mozambican Embassy in Italy, the Mozambican community of Rome and Milan and associations, institutions and NGOs operating in Mozambique.
“Rural Quelimane” is a project promoted by Mani Tese and co-financed by AICS the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation.
The aim of the project is to promote sustainable agriculture that can produce local, healthy and nutritious food for the inhabitants of Quelimane and, at the same time, encourage and support innovative production practices and policies that make farmers and traders in the urban and peri-urban area grow. of the city.
The project, lasting three years, is promoted in collaboration with the NGO ICEI and other Italian and local associations and institutions: the Municipality of Milan, the Municipality of Reggio Emilia, Fondazione E35, the University of Florence, Gnucoop soc. coop. – IT for non profit, Polytechnic University of Quelimane, Municipality of Quelimane and UPCZ – União Provincial dos Camponeses da Zambézia.
“The agricultural sector is the basis of the economy of Northern Mozambique and employs 80% of the active population – declares Giulia Donnici, Cooperation Office of Mani Tese – For this reason, the strengthening of a local agricultural market can represent an effective tool to reduce poverty while generating sustainable development. As part of the project, the adoption of innovative and sustainable practices in the production, marketing and consumption of local agricultural products will be promoted “.
Despite the economic expansion that has characterized the country in recent years, Mozambique continues to occupy low positions in the Human Development Index, ranking 181st out of a total of 188 countries (UNDP, 2016).
The Province of Zambezia, the intervention area of the “Quelimane Agricole” project, is one of the poorest in the country: 2016 World Bank data estimate that 70% of the Zambezi population is below the poverty line and that in this province and half (48%) of the poor in the country are resident in Nampula.
The launch event of the project, organized as part of the World Food Day, saw the participation of a Mozambican cook, Abida Abubacar, and the starred chef Paolo Gramaglia who created a showcooking of dishes inspired by the culinary tradition of Mozambique , whose recipes are available at this link.
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