UNCDF in Mozambique

UNCDF in Mozambique

The Challenge

With a sensitive climate and challenging adaptive capacity Mozambique is highly vulnerable to food security and climate change.  Changing weather patterns affect communities in different ways, including drought, floods, loss of agricultural production and food security, water stress and insecurity, rising sea levels and exposure to climate disasters, changes to ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, and human health.

How We Are Helping?

The UN Capital Development Fund is partnering with the Belgian Fund for Food Security in the implementation of a Food Security and Nutrition Programme in Mozambique in partnership with the FAO, WFP, FOS and DISOP, and in close collaboration with the Belgian Technical Cooperation. The programme takes as its starting point the existing policy and programmatic context provided by the second National Food and Nutritional Security Strategy, which is implemented through the Action Plan for Food and Nutritional Security. It also looks to the broader national policy framework for decentralization and local governance in Mozambique, the interventions of the National Programme for Decentralized Planning and Finance, as well as other strategies and programmes that embrace the complex character of the multi-dimensional food security component. UNCDF will build on the lessons learned and the programmatic experience gained through interventions carried out in Mozambique to promote decentralization and local development under the “Decentralized Planning and Financing” projects in Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces.

The LoCAL project is designed to address country challenges by providing access to climate finance for local governments. LoCAL understands that local bodies have the mandate to deal with many of the issues directly affected by climate change such as drainage and water management, land use planning, road maintenance and other issues which effect food security. LoCAL’s methodology channels funds directly to the local level while providing incentives for local governments to mainstream climate-adaptive thinking into everyday planning and investment, thereby encouraging systematic analysis of changing weather patterns and their impacts on local economies.

Moreover, Mozambique is a pilot country of the Making Access Possible Programme (MAP), a diagnostic and programmatic framework to support expanding access to financial services for individuals and micro and small businesses.

In Detail


Food Security and Nutrition Programme

GoalImproved food security and nutrition of vulnerable households in six districts in Gaza province.
  • Supporting the public financial management system to plan, budget, manage and account for food security driven public resources.
  • Increasing capacity of local government to adequately incorporate the food security dimension into local plans and budgets to promote socio-economic development.
  • Mobilizing, allocating and investing capital grants through local government units to finance food security public infrastructure.
  • Reinforcing local government structures, systems and processes to further improve rural livelihoods of vulnerable households.
PartnersMinistry of Economy and Finances; UNCDF, FAO, WFP; Belgian Cooperation.
Total project cost and UNCDF contributionUSD 9,000,000
USD 3,500,000
Results (including scaling and policy impact)

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