For 3 years now most of our focus was on infrastructure, networking and some training. 2013 is slowly seeing a change in our focus, turning to training and more hands-on approaches in social development efforts.
With food security being one of the primary needs in all the communities MOZaic networks with in GAZA and Inhambane, we continuously strife to make a difference in this aspect. Most importantly on an educational level, but also some research, experimentation and providing resources to help families develop a better diet and improve harvests through conservation farming techniques.
The end of February saw us realize our biannual conservation farming seminar, where farmers from 11 communities within our network were sent to by their communities for training at MOZaic’s center. For the first time we also invited farmers and community workers from other organizations, some from Manjacaze district and others were Peace Corps’ volunteers and counterparts from several communities in our focus area.
This year we were blessed to have had several experts in their fields helping to cover topics such as dry land farming techniques, fruit trees, natural pesticides and also nutrition and hygiene due to the big need and lack of information regarding healthy life styles in rural areas. We also demonstrated appropriate technology that could bring down the cost of living for families in rural communities. 45 delegates participated throughout the week long seminar and loads of information was shared. Needs were discussed and topics for the next seminar were identified.
Our next step is to work with participants to implement techniques on their fields and to provide seminars in the rural areas organized by those who participated at MOZaic in Manjacaze. We hope to provide hands-on assistance to farmers in rural areas and to continue develop our base in Manjacaze as a resource in information center to support local farmers.
We are blessed to have a support network who believe inthese efforts and continue to enable us realize our vision.
Blessings to you all,