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01/12/2012

Government of Mozambique unites with EU and international organizations, including FAO to fight extreme poverty and hunger in Mozambique

While reports show that poverty levels in Mozambique have diminished from 69.5% in 1997 to 54.7% in 2009, poverty and chronic malnutrition levels remain very high and there is still a great deal of work to be done. In its effort to contribute to reaching of Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in particular MGD1 to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, the European Union has joined forces with the Government of Mozambique, FAO, WFP and IFAD to prepare the EU-MDG Initiative, a five year programme focusing on up-scaling successful initiatives contributing to agricultural and fisheries development, food and nutrition security. FAO’s Investment Centre was asked to lead the formulation team, which was comprised of colleagues from FAO, IFAD and WFP in close collaboration with Mozambican partners.

The EU-MDG initiative in Mozambique is a worthy and urgent one. Alberta Mascaretti, Senior Agricultural Officer, discusses the objectives and expected results of the programme and how these will be implemented in order to substantially contribute to the achievement of MDG1.