Under the USDA Food for Progress Program, USDA and Planet Aid signed a 3-year agreement in 2004. Due to the excellent achievements and overall success of the program, a new partnership was formed in 2007. This later agreement runs from 2007 to 2010.
Planet Aid selected ADPP Mozambique as its recipient and implementing agency based on ADPP's 26 years of sound track record and extensive experience in the field of rural development.
Planet Aid and ADPP Mozambique are both members of "The Federation for Associations connected to the International HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE Movement." The Federation currently comprises 32 national associations, which are working in 42 countries. Through 265 projects, members of the Federation benefit more than 10 million people annually and employ 9,000 staff.
2. The USDA Partnership
The current USDA partnership includes a donation of wheat to be monetized to pay for a comprehensive package of development activities, and Textured Soy Protein to be distributed and/or sold through 50 locally established Soy Canteens.
Planet Aid contracted World Vision International (WVI) to ensure the professional handling of the sale of wheat, from which funds are generated to pay for the development activities.
The implementation of the Program Activities is carried out by ADPP Mozambique, which has been sub-contracted by Planet Aid.
The Program Objectives include benefiting:
- 10.500 small scale farmers to increase income and improve their livelihood through participation in the Farmers Club Program
- 450.000 people to be empowered and mobilized to control HIV & AIDS in their own life through the Total Control of the Epidemic program, where individual HIV counseling is carried out systematically.
- 5.000 people affected by HIV & AIDS to receive free soy meals served from 50 soy canteens. The canteens also sell soy meals at affordable prices to the general population.
- 900 students to be trained as rural primary school teachers at ADPP's 10 existing Teacher Training Colleges based in 10 provinces.
- 180 teaching instructors to graduate from newly established One World University, where they by the end of the program will receive a Bachelors Degree enabling them to work as instructors at Teacher Training Colleges in rural areas.
Planet Aid is the overall responsible for program management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting to USDA.
3. Achievements so far
Here follows a summary of the achievements accomplished from the start of the program in July 2007 to October 2008:
- 200 Farmers Clubs have been established with a total of 10,500 members.
- 190 demonstration gardens have been established, with a minimum of 6 types of vegetables, serving as practical learning grounds for the members.
- 5000 individual standard gardens have been established by the members.
- 160 rope pumps for irrigation purpose as well as for clean water supply have been established.
- Training on rope pump and low cost irrigation methods have reached 93% of the club members
- 25,000 trees have been planted as part of the re-forestation program.
Total Control of the Epidemic - TCE
- TCE has been established in 7 areas, covering a total population of 700,000 people.
- 821.000 individual HIV counseling sessions on behavior change have been conducted
- 175,426 people have participated in 8.053 HIV & AIDS prevention lessons
- 1,450,672 condom have been distributed
- 69,408 people have made a personal HIV risk reduction plan.
- 13,605 persons were mobilized to be tested for HIV and 40 TCE Field Officers were trained within the ATSC program, enabling them to provide counseling and carry out testing and post counseling to community members, who live more than 10 kilometers from a clinic.
- 8,803 women were mobilized to participate in existing PMTCT programs.
- 100 selected Passionates and 6 Staff members were trained in Soy cooking and 50 Passionates and 6 staff members were trained in Business Management by the American Soybean Associations WISHH Program.
- A Food Processing System for Nutrition through production of soy milk and tofu (Vita Goat) was installed in Nhamatanda. 40 Passionates including farmers and staff members were trained in processing of soy milk and other soy foods.
- Construction of 20 Soy canteens is well under way with a plan to complete all 50 by February 2009.
- 50 horticulture gardens connected to the Soy Canteens are presently producing a variety of vegetables.
- 900 students are in their second year of the 2.5 years teacher training course taking place at 10 Teacher Training Colleges through out the country.
- A further 600 students started in August 2008 to attend a pre-course for a 1 year teacher training program starting in January 2009.
One World University Construction
- The construction has been completed, and it includes 7.000 m2 of student's residences, Teachers residences, 2 Assembly halls, classrooms and an administration block.
Training at the One World University (OWU)
- 37 students in Team 2007 are in their second year and have finished the part of their training which requires presence at the OWU campus. They completed their exams and prepared themselves for the practice period, which started 1st of July 2008 at 10 ADPP Teacher Training Colleges throughout Mozambique.
- A further 52 students started in April 2008 and...
- 28 students started on the 1st of July, 2008 to attend the course "Fighting with The Poor".