In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique – one of the poorest provinces in one of the poorest countries in the world – harvested crops are often destroyed by pests or incorrect storage temperature. But Josephina Alberta Mugogo has found a simple solution to this dire problem, and people are traveling for miles to see what it is.
People travel from miles away to visit Josephina Alberta Mugogo’s farm. But they’re not coming to visit her, or even her animals. They want to inspect her silo.
In Cabo Delgado, Mozambique – one of the poorest provinces in one of the poorest countries in the world – harvested crops are often destroyed by pests or incorrect storage temperature.
With support from Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Josephina and her husband built a silo made from local clay, to safely store beans and sesame.
This silo is designed to securely store large volumes of crops for long periods of time, regulating storage temperature and protecting the harvest from rats and other pests.
The family eats the crops and sells the surplus, which has improved their family’s nutrition as well as their income during the lean season. When farmers can store their crops, they can wait to go to market until the selling prices are ideal.
“My life and my family’s life has improved,” says Josephina. “We have more now food to eat now, and we are able to earn money and improve our house.”
Other farmers have seen the benefits of the silo, and have started building their own. Josephina and her husband have also built a chicken coop, to protect their chickens and increase egg production.
There are many families in the developing world with stories like Josephina’s. People living in rural villages around the world often lack the opportunities available in urban areas, such as schools, health care, banks, and business prospects.
In rural Mozambique, communities are making the most of their local potential – crucial in an area where more than half of the population lives in poverty. This programming has put community organizations in charge of their own development, to plan for future projects like roads and schools, help entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, improve health awareness, create opportunities to save and invest household income, and make sure families have enough nutritious food, even during the lean season.
View this photo gallery to see how AKFC’s work in Mozambique is helping communities sow the seeds for a better future.
Watch this video to learn why improving food security is key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
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