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From seed to plate: Community resilience, biodiversity and access to food markets in Pemba, Mozambique

Strengthening of the food chain and twinning programs for Mozambican and Italian schools: an integrated approach to support local farmers, promote development and defend local culinary traditions in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

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Project DAL SEME AL PIATTO. Resilienza comunitaria, biodiversità e accesso ai mercati alimentari a Pemba, Mozambico
Period 2014-2016
Department Natural resources | Local Economy | Education for sustainability
Areas Africa and Europe
Countries Mozambique and Italy
Status Ongoing
Partners Dipartimento di Scienze Teoriche e Applicate (DiSTA) e Unità di Ecologia Vegetale e Fitogeografia (UEVF) University of Insubria | Centro di Formazione Professionale Alberghero (CFPA) di Casargo | Instituto Industrial e Comercial de Pemba (IICP) 
Financing bodies Regione Lombardia | Comune di Milano | Fondazione Cariplo

Cabo Delgado District, the most northern Mozambican Province, is located between the border with Tanzania and the Indian Ocean and is connected to the centre of Pemba by a single 30 km road, hardly usable during the rainy season. Here, in Metuge and Mieze administrations, lives a population of about 60.000 people - of which 42% is under 15 years old - mostly dedicated to subsistence agriculture. In most case, products (maize, cassava, sorghum, rice, beans and tomatoes) are cultivated with inadequate techniques and without the support of mechanical means.

In a region where there is no access to credit, development and job opportunities are very limited and the spread of unhealthy eating habits (such as the consumption of junk food) contributes to the loss of culinary traditions and damages both health and local economy.

Sustainable food chain, education activities and cultural exchanges

The project's objective is to promote food security and the production of healthy and nutritious food in the Cabo Delgado Province, valuing local varieties and using appropriate farming techniques in urban and peri-urban areas.
We are convinced that, to meet this challenge, it is necessary to make more efficient and sustainable the entire food chain of horticultural products – from the supply of factors of production, to food distribution and consumption. For this reason, we work with local farmers to create Pemba Verde, a social enterprise that conjugates food security, enhancement of local food culture and protection of agricultural-biodiversity to provide technical assistance to 25 local associations of grain, tuberose, vegetables, seeds and aromatic plants producers in the Pemba-Metuge District, and to facilitate consumers’ access to quality horticultural products.
Women play a vital role in Pemba Verde: 227 out of a total of 465 beneficiaries involved in the project are women. And considering all the farmers’ families, the direct benefits of this social enterprise will reach about 2700 people.

Favor the consumption of traditional products is a good strategy to improve the local diet and promote food security. This is why, by cooperating with local realities as ECO-Moçambique and provincial directorates, we support awareness raising and education campaigns on nutrition for Pemba communities, with special attention to young people. At the same time we’ll strengthen a local catering company that values local gastronomic traditions, together with the Industrial and Commercial Institute of Pemba (IICP).
The project aims to develop educational and cultural exchange activities between schools and students of Lombardy Region and students of Cabo Delgado District to improve the training and educational offer in the agricultural-food sector. We will involve hundreds of students and dozens of teachers in Italy and Mozambique. We want to communicate the project’s objectives and the Mozambican culture also to Italian citizens. We’ll do it through six public events in Lombardy as part of EXPO2015 and thanks to collaborations with two bloggers, one Italian and one Mozambican, that will travel across the two countries and will guide the readers through the "food stories" of host country’s: from the life and relationships at the market to the ritual of dining at home. The bloggers’ work will contribute to the realization of an exhibition launched within the framework of “Women for Expo” cultural events.




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Banca Popolare di Sondrio, ag. 1 - via Porpora 104, Milano 20131
IBAN IT80R0569601602000006906X78

CONTO CORRENTE POSTALE:
c/c 61923629
intestato a Istituto Oikos