The context

Despite the economic expansion that has characterized the country in recent years, Mozambique still occupies low positions in the Human Development Index, reaching the 181th place among 188 countries (UNDP, 2016).

The Province of Zambezia is one of the poorest in the country. World Bank figures for 2016 estimate that 70% of the Zambezia population are below the poverty line and that half (48%) of the country’s poor live in that province and in Nampula.

The capital of the Province of Zambezia is Quelimane, a city that is changing very quickly. In the last 10 years, it has almost doubled. According to official data from the last census, which took place in 2007, Quelimane is the seventh city of Mozambique with 188,964 people. Now, however, there are more: the preliminary data of the last census (not yet official) report 350,000 people.

As the population increases, new challenges emerge, particularly in the area of nutrition.

Urban and suburban area of ​​Quelimane

Quelimane, Mozambico

The Objectives

The project aimed to contribute to the strengthening and enhancement of good practices already established in food sector, promoting the birth of new ones, through creating virtuous partnerships between Italy and Mozambique.

Project Details





180 agricultural producers, 283 traders and their families

The Activities
  1. Construction of nurseries, seed banks and composting units with the function of increasing and differentiating the production of local and healthy food produced zero km in a sustainable way and with conservation farming techniques, without the use of chemical fertilizers.
  2. Requalification of the Aquima market, through specific interventions and appropriate training of staff. It is one of the most important markets in Quelimane and it was in disastrous hygienic and infrastructural conditions.
  3. Promotion of local and healthy food consumption in Mozambique through the organization of 10 theatre performances, extremely successful in a context where illiteracy is still very widespread, 10 show-cooking and 10 agro-ecological fairs.
  4. Awareness raising in Emilia-Romagna region about the right to food, food sovereignty and the importance of local food through the creation of a social garden with the involvement of local young people. There was a previous course about organic farming, soil preparation, irrigation, sowing and transplantation. In addition, there was a photo exhibition and a social campaign.

Project Partners:

UPCZ (Provincial Union of Peasants of Zambezia)
The municipality of Quelimane