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.
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:
Results to date