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Mitigating Disaster in Mozamique

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A severe drought in Southern and Central Mozambique in 2009/2010 resulted in the loss of 32 percent of planted area with an estimated 92,000 households a!ected. The next year, some of those same areas were hit by floods. Those areas most affected by floods and droughts were located in Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica provinces.

The objective of this emergency response project was to assist 600,000 individuals (120,000 households) in the 60 most affected districts in five
provinces (Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica) recover from extensive crop loss due to floods and droughts by providing access to improved, drought-tolerant, OFSP varieties just released in 2011.

At the request of the Mozambique Government, the International Potato Center (CIP) developed a response strategy for disseminating new varieties of Orange-Fleshed Sweetpotatoes (OFSP) to affected areas. The project was implemented in five  provinces (Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala and Manica).

Zélia Menete (CIP)

Key Project Information

Mozambique has suffered from two straight years of disaster. In 2009/2010, a severe drought in Southern & Central Mozambique resulted in the loss of 32% of the planted area in those regions. An estimated 92,000 households (460,000 individuals) were affected in 54 districts.  Then, in 2010/2011, the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Sofala and Manica were hit by floods, with Zambezia also likely to suffer in the coming two months. While an immediate response with a vegetatively propagated crop was  not possible in 2009/2010, the situation provides a unique opportunity to help families recover from the current floods and mitigate the effects of future disasters.
Working closely with government extension personnel, a two year effort to mitigate the impact of disasters in 5 provinces of Mozambique succeeded in getting new drought-tolerant orange-“fleshed sweetpotato varieties distributed to over 134,000 households.
Project Leader: Zelia Menete
Start date May 01, 2011
End date September 30, 2013
Region Sub-Saharan Africa
Countries Mozambique
Type of project Development / Dissemination
Financing Sources Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/USAID; Government of Mozambique;
Funding Amount (USD) $2,143,674
Members Looqman Moonier, Savenaca Cuquma


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