What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The current project focus is to connect nutrition challenges to perpectives in the following fields: climate change, biodiversity, demography, urbanization and water. In drier areas, local people live in a situation that has been called "water stress". It is a combination of environmental factors such as lack of rainfall and high population growth, resulting in too many people and less water. Since water is a scarce resource, an irrigation method will be developed to address that condition, maximizing the use of water in the crops. The climate challenges and cultural differences can be effective barriers to the implementation of the project, but lectures to raise awareness and support from local governments can facilitate the implementation of it. Alternative food sources will be produced, besides addressing the nutritional needs of families with production to consumption, the surplus will be traded generating jobs and income for families. Investments will be done in technical areas such as training of local labor, reducing losses contributing to increase food offer, increasing the amount of food to market will be deployed and developed.
Tell us about your partnerships
The project success depends on the parnership to be established and in this sense we understand that Tete Provincial government should be the leading figure of the process once the project has a defined time to be implemented and the its government has the total power to do it. While the Knowledge Station (EC) serves as an articulator of local networks, its aim to contribute along with other stakeholders to improve the quality of life and the integrated and sustainable development of the communities. It is characterized as a center of local reference, with region-wide focus on two main issues: human and economic development.
It already exist concrete actions such as training of cooks, carpenters, masons and many of those are already working in companies in the region. An important thing to be considered is that we have already started articulations to use the production surplus in schools meals, Vale’s restaurant and other restaurants and hotels.
Each of the associated activities planned for the project features collaborations with government and non-governmental spheres.
Explain your selections
A partnership with Vale do Rio Doce. This company hired us to develop the project “Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business in CATEM Village” . The families will be resettled because they live on the exploited coal areas of Vale’s. Taking the opportunity of the move, the company has been improving families lives conditions. Today we count on with a technical team of Macal in the field, they gather data and implement the project with Vale’s full support – in a way to guarantee that they have everything they need to develop its process.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
The project has plans for the next two years, knowing that we are in the second month of work in the project. During this period we have the total support of Fundação Vale and the Knowledge Station (EC) and the project may be extended for another two years. This initiative aims to improve the financial and nutritional situation of each family. The results that we have been collected during this period of work are already extremely positive. All actions and results are reported to our partner Vale do Rio Doce through reports and it has been updated by each progress we have.
We aim to continue developing the work with full effectiveness, enabling that families to adapt to the new production system, improving their life quality.