The World Food Programme (WFP) received USD 5.7 million in donations from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for a project supporting smallholder farmers in Sofala Province, central Mozambique.
The initiative, which will begin this year in the districts of Chemba, Maringue, and Caia in Sofala province and will benefit 36,000 smallholder farmers and their families until 2025, will improve food security and livelihoods for smallholder farmers with a focus on climate resilience.
The Ministry of Land and Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the National Institute of Meteorology will collaborate on the project (INAM).
Mozambique is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change. Over the past three years, five tropical cyclones (Desmond, Idai, Kenneth, Chalane, Eloise and Guambe) have caused human and material damages mainly in central Mozambique.
H.E. Ambassador Sung Jun Yeo said that he expects the project is going to be successfully implemented and 36,000 smallholder farmers and their families will have the capacity to maintain a stable livelihood and secure food through the project. “We hope that the friendly relationship between the Government of Mozambique and that of the Republic of Korea is firmly established through various grant aids from Korean Government via KOICA,” emphasized the Ambassador.
“This generous donation from the people of Korea through KOICA will help change the lives of Mozambicans most affected by climate change“, said Antonella D’Aprile, WFP Mozambique Country Director. “By supporting smallholder farmers to become climate-resilient, we are also protecting their livelihoods and food security of their families and communities. We thank KOICA on behalf of the people that we serve“.