Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business in CATEM Village in Mozambique.

Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business in CATEM Village in Mozambique.

Organization type: 
for profit
$1 million - $5 million
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project "Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business" deployed by Vale in partnership with MACAL aims to produce healthy food in a sufficient quantitiy for self consumption and commercialization for the benefit of each family. It is an action plan to improve food shortages, whether temporary or chronic, avoiding the existence of numerous cases of malnutrition, promoting the consumption of self produced food (with rich in nutrients), providing a fortified food that will result in lower rates of malnutrition.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The CATEM community is located in Tete Province, 60 km from the city of Tete in Mozambique, Africa. The community arose in 2007 due to Mozambican government land grant in this area, where the coal is exploited, for Vale mining company. As a result of this concession a resettlement was created for 729 families from Mitete, Bagamoio, Malabar and Chipanga communities. This place is extremely poor and the main income source come from agriculture. Its location suffers from low rainfall and farm activities become a risk – it is common to lose everything due to factors related to weather conditions. Another way to generate income is small businesses, they have big importance because it is an alternative alley for food arrival in the community. Some people work as teachers, health professionals and employees of private companies operating in the country, all of them help improving the average family income. 
The political structure in the settlement consists of five main leaders and five alternates. One is elected as leader N., who they call the "most important". 
All projects need a prior authorization from the provincial government to be deployed. A survey was run in 2010 and the data showed 5% of population growth per year, higher rate if you compare to the rest of the country. This difference may be due to the big investments that Vale and other mining companies have been making in its location.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project is innovative because we respect social and cultural aspects. Production arrangements are set based on involved families wishes instead of imposing a top-down process. Agricultural skills and vocation of each family are met. Families will produce what they want and not what was imposed upon them. The Project Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business in CATEM Village in Mozambique enables food production for the family and income generation with its surplus. The direct objective is to present a sustainable plan and enable actions for food security, income and social benefits for the long run for CATEM community, through the Social Responsibility Program of the Valley, combined with the use of human and financial resources plus natural resources as soil, water; and with the educational process, logistics (technical, processing and management), social, economic and productive system of Knowledge Station. 750 resettled (with high rates of poverty and malnutrition) families benefit directly from the project established in CATEM. 
This project was requested by Fundação Vale do Rio Doce and its developed in partnership with the company.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

 - the opportunity for everyone to share this modern productive arrangement to generate and expand food security, new income, respecting family’s vocation and its property; - property transformation to an agrarian landscape, environment friendly, to enhance production through appropriate technology; - to implement models with entrepreneurship vision, focusing on activities that are appropriate and adapted to local conditions. - to offer capacity building to families and young people to produce quality food for your own consumption and marketing, representing a source of income and food security; - crop to be dimensioned and implement its activities, livestock production, in an integrated manner, in which the organic waste will be recycled and directed for crop production and agricultural residues will be sent to complement the livestock feeding; - to disseminate the culture of clean food production, free of pesticides and transgenics. - to present and build a technology customized to local knowledge, but with technological innovation and that can be replicated and increase the number of beneficiaries. - to qualify and train individuals and youth especially to rationalize production resources such as soil and water - from intensive food production, recovery of scrap and waste, opening new perspective on rural and profitable activities;- to present and consolidate a social and productive arrangement with adapted technology to local conditions tha is able to upright land’s use and in a way that can be replicated correctly, considering economic, ecologic and social components.
About You
MACAL Consultoria Agrossocial
About You
First Name


Last Name


Facebook Profile
About Your Organization
Organization Name

MACAL Consultoria Agrossocial

Organization Country

, SP

Country where this project is creating social impact

, TE

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

The information you provide here will be used to fill in any parts of your profile that have been left blank, such as interests, organization information, and website. No contact information will be made public. Please uncheck here if you do not want this to happen..

What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Mr. Antonio Angelo has traveled around the world and has worked with social-agriculture projects in partnership with private companies. He has been dedicating to rural area work for years and he has decided to found his consultancy firm focused on rural development when he settled in Sao Paulo city. His motto is: "Changing rural properties into a real green industry adding nutritional and social capital value with sustainability and income generation".
 The idea of “Plan for Food Security and Systematized Family Rural Business in CATEM Village” project was developed in partnership with Vale company and because the families are based on the exploited land. Besides food production to improve families’ nutrition factor, its surplus will be traded to generate income. Mr. Antonio Angelo is well known worldwide and besides working directly in the projects, he gives awareness speeches in big companies and even in the project’s properties.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

The project's success is based on two main factors: 
First, the institutionalization and systematization of the knowledge generated by the Knowledge Station (EC) that contributes to the creation of a database for Sustainable Development. We believe that the knowledge generated by EC will exceed the boundaries of Tete Province and contribute to the country’s development. The Knowledge Station prepares community’s individuals to help and keep continuing the project. 
Secondly, it is related to the methodology of intervention in the community. 
The development of CATEM community has to be promoted through the "staircase effect", ie, one step up at time. It is based on this understanding that productive activities start besides respecting the asset they have, the respect on their culture and eating habits. 
The project's success is concrete, the families were concerned at first moment and now are looking for technicians to help them in the integration, to organize and expand the production. 
Another observation to highlight is the amount of people who already got a job after receiving a training in Construction, Painting and Carpentry.

How many people have been impacted by your project?

1,001- 10,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?


How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The first step of the project is to ensure nourishment from what has been produced in the yards. The second step is to organize the Machambas production and the third step is to increase production and trade its surplus. All steps to be undertaken with the community will also be developed in the EC as a way to empower them. 
The strategy to involve all families foresees the establishment of three yards models to motivate families to produce. Then the families will be identified and those who wish to participate will be included gradually so that in three years all the families are engaged in some productive activity.

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.

Which barriers to employment does your innovation address?
Please select up to three in order of relevancy to your project.


Lack of skills/training


Lack of efficiency


Other (Specify Below)

Please describe how your innovation specifically tackles the barriers listed above.

The Cateme region is extremely poor and the main income source is familiar agriculture. People don’t have qualifications due to bad schools conditions and lack of capacity building. Besides, the weather conditions are also a constraint to each family production. This project in a joint effort with Knowledge Station (EC) aim to improve people’s life quality and their professional skills.

Are you trying to scale your organization or initiative?
If yes, please check up to three potential pathways in order of relevancy to you.



Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices


Repurposed your model for other sectors/development needs

Please describe which of your growth activities are current or planned for the immediate future.

The project is succeeding in the country of operation, the families are interested in the project and willing to get a better life quality.
Other companies also know about our work and they looked for us to talk about project that improve life in places that do not offer suitable conditions for workers. In each case we develop initiative to seek in positive results for the families, offering opportunities and alternatives that can be developed according to each place.

Do you collaborate with any of the following: (Check all that apply)

For profit companies.

If yes, how have these collaborations helped your innovation to succeed?

The project has full support of Fundação Vale do rio Doce.
 The company helps us developing proposals for local life quality improvement, targeting the capacity building for individuals in a way to keep them engaged in the project, enabling them to generate income and meeting nutritional needs of the families.