Environment and Sustainable Agriculture

Improving food security through sustainable agriculture motivates us to strengthen the capacity of the small farmers we work with. For us agriculture is an essential element in reducing poverty and stimulating economic growth.

 

Through our programmes, ADPP has, over the years, implemented family farming initiatives aimed at bringing sustainable solutions to small farmers.

Considered the basis for the country’s development and a decisive factor in the diversification of the economy, the agricultural sector stimulates development in other economic sectors through the creation of surpluses that can be transformed and traded.

 

Despite the country’s huge agricultural potential, average production levels remain very low and are extremely vulnerable to climate change. This is largely due to the widespread use of traditional farming methods, lack of agricultural resources, lack of infrastructure and technical assistance, and limited market access which perpetuates a vicious cycle of poverty in rural areas and causes the country’s food security to remain highly volatile.

ADPP has adopted an approach aimed at enabling small and medium farmers to transform agriculture into a competitive and sustainable activity that improves overall food security and increases the income of farmers and rural families through ‘Farmers and Producers’ Clubs. We believe that by increasing revenue, we ensure a better life for all adults and children, thereby contributing to the reduction of rural poverty.

The goal of ADPP’s Farmers’ Club Programme is to increase food security and household income among rural populations by organizing smallholders into Farmers’ Clubs in which they receive training in efficient conservation and agroforestry techniques, irrigation, storage and processing. This strengthens their entry into local and regional markets through growing market links, value chains and training in marketing their products, pricing and marketing. This is achieved through a transition from agriculture based on traditional farming methods to climate-smart agriculture that increases productivity, profits and food security while preserving the environment.

Through theory and practice, farmers learn about the negative environmental impact of some of their practices and sustainable ways to mitigate the effects of global warming, thereby ensuring the food security of their families. In the field, Farmers’ Clubs promote agroforestry, while projects provide access to energy-saving devices such as wood-burning stoves and encourage small-scale businesses by rural communities.

 

ADPP views social and economic development as a holistic process and therefore our mission would be incomplete if we did not support Mozambican farmers to increase their market share and opportunities. Only when families are agriculturally and economically self-sufficient to access quality nutrition, health and education can we say that we are reversing the cycle of poverty. In 2018 great strides were made in this regard in empowering Mozambican farmers and their families.

“...he agricultural sector stimulates development in other economic sectors through the creation of surpluses that can be transformed and traded.”

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20,689

farmers organised and active in Farmers and Producers Clubs

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77,200

Indirect beneficiaries
(family members)

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427,931

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