Increased Alignment Between Environmental Programs and Income-generating Activities by THP-Mozambique in 2012
Update to the Global Board
During the third and fourth quarters of 2011, THP-Mozambique had a primary focus on the epicenters’ food security. Specifically, THP-Mozambique worked on increasing food availability at the epicenters through partnerships with farmers’ associations and integrating cross-cutting program activities across the Epicenter Strategy. The results were clear: hundreds of kilos of beans were stored in the three food banks, and fresh vegetables are now being sold in all epicenter villages. Linkages to both the environment program and income-generating activities, such as the food processing activities that led to jars to jam being canned, will ensure that all aspects of the epicenter continue to reinforce the importance of food availability.
Also during the reporting period, Health and Adult Literacy trainings were consistently targeted. In Health, THP-Mozambique succeeded in fencing in one Health center and building a waste disposal on-site; this allowed the Health center’s sanitation capacity to meet government recommendations.
- Increased food availability: Over the reporting period, THP-Mozambique has forged new partnerships with farmers’ associations, improving communications and coordination with these groups. As a result, food availability within the epicenter partner villages has risen, and hundreds of kilos of beans have been stored at epicenters.
- Cross-cutting food security program: THP-Mozambique focused on agricultural skill training over the period, training partners in agriculture conservation techniques, use of herbicides, concentrating planting for re-fertilization, and grafting. By encouraging vegetable sales at all epicenters, as well as beginning its training in the use of manure as an organic fertilizer at Zuza Epicenter, THP-Mozambique is expanding these activities to cross-cut with environmental and income-generating program areas.
- Chokwe Health Center: During the period, THP-Mozambique completed fencing of the health center and built waste disposal infrastructure in order to meet government recommendations. Now that this standardization is complete, THP and the epicenter community are waiting for government provision of all equipment and staff.
- Innovations in adult literacy: In order to confront a lack of consistency in attendance for adult literacy classes, THP-Mozambique introduced “prizes” in the form of goods (women were awarded capulana, which is a piece of cloth that has a cultural value, and men received a new shirt) for the best trainees/students and the oldest student, as the way to encourage villagers to attend adult literacy training. A total number of 18 students (about 85 percent of whom are women) were prize winners across the three epicenters. Prizes were awarded during a meeting with the entire village.