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Friday, 30 November 2012

New EU support for Mozambique

The European Union will provide €67.3 million support for Mozambique for the fight against hunger and chronic malnutrition and for the acceleration of the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015.
The new programme is aimed to improve agricultural and fisheries production and to increase access to food for vulnerable groups, in particular women and children.
It addresses the key pillars underpinning food security – availability of food, access to food and nutritional quality. This includes improving production of smallholder farmers and fishermen, for example by providing greater access to inputs such as seeds, fertiliser or tools. Other measures aim at reducing post-harvest losses, promoting home gardens for women and vaccinating chickens (to reduce the alarming mortality rate).
The funding is part of the so-called "MDG initiative" of the European Commission (a total of €1 billion) that aims to foster progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);
The 2010 MDG Summit concluded with the adoption of a global action plan -- Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals -- and the announcement of a number of initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease. In a major push to accelerate progress on women’s and children’s health, a number of Heads of State and Government from developed and developing countries, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, pledged over $40 billion in resources over the next five years.
Mozambique is the largest beneficiary of the MDG initiative.

 

Source: European Commission, United Nations