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The Austrian Development Agency has provided 45.5 million meticais (EUR 650,000) for small farmers affected by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, in a project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Agriculture (FAO).
“This support is aimed at meeting the immediate needs for seeds and agricultural implements felt by the families of cyclone-affected areas returning to their areas of origin,” head of the Austrian Development Fund Hubert Neuwirth said in an FAO communique yesterday.
Agreement signed!!! Austrian Development Agency @ADCinMozambique funding 650 M£💰 for @FAO to support 21.000 families affected by the #CicloneIdai in the provinces of Manica and Sofala. Each family received maize and beans seeds🌱 & tools🛠️ to grant #foodsecurity #ZeroHunger pic.twitter.com/fPKYGNFO7p
— FAO Mozambique (@FAOMozambique) June 12, 2019
The fund was used to purchase 225 tonnes of maize seed, benefiting 21,000 families in the districts of Nhamatanda, Búzi, Sussundenga, Macate, Guro, Chemba, Tambara, Vanduzi and Mossurize in Mozambique’s Manica and Sofala provinces.
“Selection prioritised families headed by women and other vulnerable groups. The selection of the geographical areas and beneficiaries was carried out in close collaboration with the provincial authorities of the agricultural sector,” the statement adds.
Cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique in March, causing 604 casualties and affecting about 1.8 million people.
Agriculture was one of the sectors worst affected, with official figures suggesting that around 800,000 hectares of crops in the centre of the country were ruined.
Shortly afterwards, Mozambique was hit by a second cyclone, which struck the north of the country in April, leaving 45 dead and affecting 250,000 people.Source: Lusa
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