Food security through climate Adaptation and Resilience

The FAR – Food Security through climate adaptation and resilience - programme started on 1st November 2017 and is implemented by six Implementing Organisations (IOs). They are implementing a portfolio of interventions for tackling food security in the face of climate change. The 6 IOs are coordinated and steered by the Managing Organisation (MO); the latter pertains to Swisscontact. One of the 6 IOs, called AFOC-MDC (see separate info on this website), pertains to Swisscontact but is managed separately from the MO.

The FAR Programme aims to create sustainable climate-smart agricultural solutions for farmers in Mozambique who often face challenges of food security due to harsh climatic conditions brought about by climatic changes. 

Mozambique is a country at high risk from climate change affected by increasingly unpredictable rainfall, droughts as well as abnormal and extreme weather events like cyclones. These climate shocks have significant implications, mainly because most of the farmers practise rain-fed agriculture and are not adequately prepared for the changes. Consequently, food security is negatively affected. The agricultural sector is key for development in the country with an estimated 90% of the population depending on agricultural produce to gain an income or get food for their households.

The FAR Programme seeks to foster stable availability and access to food for 25,000 to 30,000 semi-subsistence and semi-commercial smallholder households. At least 50% of the beneficiaries should be women. This will be achieved through climate resilient agricultural production, value chain integration and income diversification.

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Manica Province, Mozambique
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33.441265
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Sofala Province, Mozambique
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Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

The project

The FAR programme is implemented in 7 districts in the central Provinces of Sofala and Manica, which are highly affected by climate change impacts (erratic rains, droughts, floods) and food insecurity. At the same time there is great potential in these districts for agricultural production and market integration.

The FAR programme has three key objectives or outcomes, namely (1) stable availability of food, (2) stable access of food and (3) knowledge management of Climate Smart Agriculture solutions. Gender/WEE (Women Economic Empowerment), environmental management and nutrition are the transversal topics. Inclusive Markets (IM) is the key approach of the FAR programme.

Specific role of the Managing Organisation in the FAR programme

Some of the main roles of the Managing Organisation:

  • Organise introductions and training for the IOs regarding the Inclusive Markets approach, financial and procedures manual, Climate Smart Agriculture principles, Women Economic Empowerment and Value for Money.
  • Organise and overview of a baseline study.
  • Develop an MRM system and coach the roll-out of this system.
  • Elaboration, coaching and supervision of annual activity plans and budgets.
  • Contacts and exchanges with other stakeholders and partners in the field of agriculture.
  • Fund manager.

Project partners

  • African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
  • Associação Kwaedza Simukai Manica (AKSM)
  • Concern Universal (United Purpose)
  • International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Local Economic Development Association (ADEL)
  • Access to food and climate resilience through market systems (AFOC-MSD) – Swisscontact Implementation Partner
  • Swisscontact Mozambique (Country Office)

Results

Results to date

  • 28,290 smallholder farmers (17,070 women) accessed and completed training on climate-smart solutions for improved agricultural outputs.
  • 1,959 farmers and agro-dealers realised additional income and cumulatively gained CHF 3,602 (farmers) and CHF 13,033 (agro-dealers).

News

Mozambique
12.08.2020
Producers increase their horticultural offering through good practices facilitated by IFDC.
"We have learnt good agricultural practices and in turn increased our agricultural outputs thanks to the FAR Programme. Even after the catastrophic damage caused by Cyclone Ídai, we have been able to use the income from our expanding yields to improve our lives, rebuild our homes, afford school fees for our children, buy chairs among other gains,"...
Mozambique
12.08.2020
Bean Producers in Manica Province Access Structured Markets Through the Facilitation of AFOC-MSD
The use of good agricultural practices by smallholder farmers associated with access to structured markets for the sale of their surplus production continues to be one of the main challenges of the agricultural sector in Mozambique. Swisscontact through the AFOC-MSD project comes in to address this problem. Since 2018, AFOC-MSD has been an...
Mozambique
12.08.2020
AKSM Strengthens Farmer Competencies by Introducing an Integrated Approach to Soil Management
On 7th July 2020, the Kwaedza Simukai Manica Association (AKSM), an implementing organisation of the FAR programme, carried out an integrated management training for agricultural soils in the Districts of Vanduzi, Manica and Sussudenga. The training was organised to equip smallholder farmers with proper knowledge of soil management and soil...