Private Area
Mocambique 3B27

Project in Mozambique



Nº of Beneficiaries: 1.273 people

Starting date: Jul.2010

Ending date: Sep.2011


Oikos' strategy in Mozambique intends to promote sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable rural families, ensuring their productive capacity and access to food resources and income. At the core of Oikos' strategy is building the capacity of communities and authorities in order to reduce the vulnerability of the local population, thus reducing their risk towards external factors.


The integration of 'disaster risk management' component in Oikos interventions is the consequence of the impact of natural disasters in the livelihoods of the population, their property and in their capacity to abandon a poverty circle.


Oikos has implemented community development programs in Nampula, particularly in the Ilha de Moçambique, since 1997, with youth on professional training, carpentry/boat-making, HIV prevention and creation of a youth "resource center". This intervention follows the presence of Oikos in the area, with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions since 2008, with a permanent team and contacts with communities and officials.


The intervention will be carried out in the districts of Mossuril (in the administrative posts of Matibane, Lunga and Mossuril) and Ilha de Moçambique (Administratrive posts of Ilha and Lumbo), situated on the west coast of Nampula Province.


Fishing is the main source of food and income for the majority of families in the two districts in combination with farming of a few key staple crops like cassava, beans and corn. The dependence on fishing makes coastal families more vulnerable to shocks caused by natural disasters.


To reinforce and consolidate the resilience, preparedness and response capacities against natural disasters, at community level, through a 'model-community' approach, agriculture services will be involved in disaster risk management as information and training agents, to farmers groups, on the introduction of short cycle crops, seed multiplication and other DRR agriculture practices and techniques.


The staff from the agriculture services will be trained on DRR in agriculture and on training techniques to farmers, particularly on the management of short cycle crops and vegetables, including seed multiplication.


The project and agriculture services staff will extend the technical assistance and supervision to the beneficiaries of the previous Food Aid intervention in Mossuril and Ilha de Moçambique, in order to consolidate the capacities and supervise the adaptation techniques introduced.


A total of 30.482 people will be directly benefited from this project.


Some activities of this project:

» Training of agriculture extension staff;

» Technical assistance to district agriculture services;

» Training to farmers on short cycle crop management, seed multiplication and DRR applied to agriculture;

» Establishment, training and equipment of 6 new Local Risk Management Committees;

» Training of teachers and students on community awareness and establishment of school groups;

» Community awareness activities and setting up information elements;

» Reinforcement of 6 schools buildings in beneficiary communities;

» Establishment of 6 low-cost models of resistant family infrastructures;

» Protection of community water sources.


See also the two previous projects:

» Natural disaster prevention through community-based solutions in the coastal areas of the districts of Island of Mozambique, Mossuril and Mogincual - Dipecho II (2010-2011)

» Implementing a community-based natural disaster warning and response system for the Ilha de Moçambique and Mossuril Districts - Dipecho (2008-2010) (in portuguese)


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