Improving agricultural practices, health and sanitation standards in rural Mozambique

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The ADPP Project in Itoculo is improving agricultural practices, enhancing better access to clean water and sanitation and generally raising the standards of living of the people in the rural districts in the Nampula province of Mozambique.

ADPP Itoculo is a project run by ADPP Mozambique, one of the associate members of the Federation for Associations Connected to the International Humana People to People Movement that works to achieve international cooperation and development. The project operates in Itoculo, Monapo and Mogincual districts in Nampula province in rural Mozambique.

The project seeks to train small scale farmers and cashew processors to improve their capacity in agriculture management and agro-processing thereby increasing their income levels. The project also aims at supporting rural families with access to clean water and good sanitation. It also has, as one of its objectives, facilitation of awareness among rural families in relation to prevention of diseases, child mortality, malnutrition and the promotion of education, good health and food security.

The project was established in 1994 with the subsequent planting of cashew trees following in 1995 and up to now, 115 hectares have been planted. The training of cashew farmers was launched in 1997 and in 2002 the project entered the CASCA programme which deals with the processing of cashew nuts and supports cashew farmers in Magincual district. In 2004 the project started cashew processing on its own. In 2005 an agreement was made with UNIDO concerning setting up a cashew apple pilot project for which equipment was received in 2006 and production is expected to begin in 2007.

The cashew packaging centre of the project has been operating since October 2006 and up to the end of May 2007, a total of 45 000 kg of cashew kennels had been graded and packed. Eight small scale cashew processing units do the cutting, drying and peeling of the cashew nuts and deliver the kennels to the packaging centre twice a week.

In other wings of development, 1250 children have been enrolled in preschools as a direct result of the project's effort and the preschool animators have increased from 30 to 44. Ten bore-holes have been sunk since April this year. The Itoculo project proposal, "Plants for health," was among the 106 project proposals selected out of 2700 proposals to participate in an exhibition in The Global Marketplace program of World Bank in Washington.