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Food security through climate Adaptation and Resilience (FAR)

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 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.

 

Results

Main results / outcomes over 2018 - 2019

    • FAR programme, with cooperation of IOs and external consultants carried out a baseline study and the results are available and used for guiding further interventions, adjustments of activity plans etc.
    • FAR programme has developed and is implementing an MRM tool, which is being rolled out
    • Inclusive Markets approach has been introduced to the IOs
    • Through the coaching of the IOs by the MO, activity plans have been prepared, comprising a comprehensive programme containing synergies and complementarities between the IOs
    • MO further developed a financial and procedures guideline which is being implemented by the IOs
    • Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) cultivation practices like mulching, row-planting, number of seeds per hole, intercropping e.g. maize with beans, tree-planting for shadow (and finally income generating purposes) have been introduced to farmers.
    • Set-up of demonstration plots (with lead farmers) and baby-demos (at producers’ fields) and technical assistance provided.
    • Manual sowers, which can also be used for applying fertilizer, have been introduced.
    • Irrigation solutions like drip-irrigation as well as systems with small channels were constructed and demonstrated to farmers.
    • Farmers trained in harvest and post-harvest handling practices including nutrition.
    • Linkages between farmers / producers and major off-takers of rice and vegetables are facilitated and strengthened.
    • Detailed Value chain analysis of rice carried out and results / recommendations being included in next-year activity plan.


    Project partner

    • 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)
    • Swisscontact (AFOC)
    • Swisscontact Mozambique

    Project countries

    • Mozambique

    Project duration

    2017 - 2022

    Funding

    • SIDA

    Working area

    Enterprise

    Swisscontact
    Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
    Hardturmstrasse 123
    CH-8005 Zurich

    Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
    Fax +41 44 454 17 97
    E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.org