Despite the economic expansion that has characterized Mozambique in recent years, the country continues to occupy low positions in the Human Development Index, ranking 180th out of a total of 188 countries (UNDP, 2017).
The province of Zambezia is one of the poorest in Mozambique: data from the World Bank in 2016 estimate that 70% of the population of that province is below the poverty line.
To further worsen the situation, a tropical cyclone was added, which hit Mozambique in March 2019.
Cyclone IDAI hit the night between 14 and 15 March 2019 near Beira, in the province of Sofala, in central Mozambique. It brought torrential rains and winds with it to the provinces of Sofala, Zambézia, Manica and Inhambane. More than 715,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed, raising food safety concerns, as devastation occurred shortly before the annual harvest.
Mani Tese from 1 November 2019 collaborates with the World Food Program Mozambique as part of the Food Assistance for Assets, which aims to meet the most immediate food needs of the populations affected by the cyclone through food supply and at the same time promoting the creation or restoration of goods that can improve food safety and resilience.
Province of Zambezia, district of Chinde
The main goal of this emergency intervention was to improve the living conditions of the population of Chinde affected by the cyclone IDAI, providing basic necessities and, at the same time, relaunching production activities such as the construction of wells, latrines and roads of connectio.
Province of Zambezia, district of Chinde,
20.000 people (indirect beneficiaries)
1. Emergency food assistance
Distribution of food packages containing 40 kg of cereals, 6 kg of beans and 5 liters of oil to 4,000 families for a total of approximately 20,000 beneficiaries, every month for 5 months.
2. Improvement of hygiene conditions
The landfill of domestic waste was put back into operation by installing water supply systems for personal hygiene and building improved domestic latrines.
3. Infrastructure rehabilitation
For a rapid recovery of production activities, the cleaning of the waste water collection channels, the removal of alluvial materials from the roads and their repair with local materials were fundamental.
4. Recovery of the agricultural ecosystem
Irrigation canals were cleaned, alluvial materials removed from the fields, coastal areas reforested and agricultural nurseries built.
My name is Giulia Donnici, and it all started here. I was still a university student when, in 2006, I arrived in Mani Tese as an intern. It was my first experience in international cooperation and I immediately thought it was the most beautiful and interesting job in the world. Thanks to the internship, I got close and passionate to the topic of corporate social […]