The context

Although Mozambique has seen a strong economic recovery in recent years, it still ranks low on the Human Development Index. The province of Zambézia, in particular, is one of the poorest.

In this area, the development of the agricultural sector, which underpins the economy and the market for its products, is fundamental to reducing poverty and generating sustainable development.

The area is also affected by extreme weather events – such as cyclones, floods and droughts – which are frequent in the area of Quelimane, the main city, making it necessary to create green spaces that are resilient to climate change.

Lastly, the city of Quelimane has to cope with the high rate of urbanisation, given the high growth in its population, which the UN predicts will double within 15 years.



Chiquimula, Guatemala


Zambézia, Mozambico

The Objectives

The project aims to contribute to a more sustainable development of agriculture, forestry and fishing activities and to address the increasing urbanisation of Quelimane through the creation of sustainable urban food systems.

The project also aims to create new jobs, with a focus on women and young people, through new strategies and investments in the food sector.

It will also support the economy by encouraging the production and trade of products in local markets and promoting new, healthy eating habits.

Project Details





Members of local associations involved in the management of the gardens, primary and secondary school pupils

The Activities
  • A mapping of the area will be carried out in order to create at least 2 hectares of green belts to protect the mangrove areas. The activity will be accompanied by training sessions, periodic monitoring activities, distribution of equipment and awareness-raising campaigns aimed at the local population.
  • Four new gardens will be created and managed by about 25 people (60% of them women) belonging to local associations, who will be provided with sustainable tools and equipment.
  • Agricultural training courses will be organised, using the gardens as an example of good agricultural practices.
  • Five school gardens will also be created near primary and secondary schools with the direct involvement of students. The activity includes awareness-raising sessions aimed at both students and school staff to spread environmental awareness and promote better eating habits.
  • Three agro-ecological fairs, six show-cooking events and 12 theatrical performances will be organised as part of the awareness-raising campaign to promote healthy eating habits and inform about the environmental risks of illegal logging of mangroves.
  • Finally, a regional conference entitled ‘Quelimane Green City’ will be organised with the aim of supporting the food policies of the city of Quelimane.

Project Partners:

Fundação para o Desenvolvimento da Comunidade
Municipality of Quelimane
Municipality of Milan
University of Licungo