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Zuza Epicenter (Mozambique)


Titre : Zuza Epicenter (Mozambique)

Région /Pays : Mozambique

Zone d’intervention : Inhambane, Mozambique

Dates : 01/01/2009 à 12/31/2020

Throughout Africa, The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes the population of a cluster of villages within a 10km radius to create an “epicenter,” or a center from which community-led development emanates to the surrounding areas. Through this fully integrated development strategy, community members establish and manage their own programs to address food security, nutrition, health, education, microfinance, water and sanitation. Epicenters follow four distinct phases over a period of about five to eight years on a path toward to sustainable self-reliance.
Zuza Epicenter is currently in Phase 2, during which the villagers build the epicenter building. The building houses a food bank, credit union, health center, library, community meeting hall, preschool, classrooms for literacy training and food-processing equipment. It’s an achievement that is almost unimaginable to the villagers. The successful construction of the epicenter building is the tipping point in the five-year process. Once this has been achieved, the process of calling forth self-reliance becomes irreversible. Zuza epicenter serves 3 villages with a total population of 8,123 women, men and children in the Chokwe district of Mozambique.
During 2014, 91 people participated in The Hunger Project food security workshops at Zuza Epicenter, through which they learn sustainable practices to improve crop yields

The Hunger Project promotes a holistic approach to food security, and many of its activities contribute to increased access to sufficient food but also improved diets, greater nutritional variety and stronger ties to local resources. For example, epicenter preschools provide hot, nutritious meals to students and epicenter rural banks offer loans and savings products that often increase the amount and quality of food at the household level. Most importantly, THP trains animators, who, with support from existing local and government institutions (farmers’ cooperatives, agricultural extension workers) hold trainings in farming technologies (row planting, field rotation), seed and soil types, and low-input yield-improving techniques (organic compost, microdose fertilizer application). The trainings take place at the epicenter demonstration farm, where crops are grown for consumption by the community and distribution to local school meal programs.

Annonce par : The Hunger Project

Financement : Private donations

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