The WFP Centre for Excellence against Hunger Brazil carried out a mission to Mozambique from 15 July to 2 August for the second phase of the preparation of the Beyond Cotton initiative country-specific project. The first phase took place at the end of 2018, when the WFP Centre’s technical team conducted mission to assess the cotton chain in the country. The country-specific project contains the details of the Beyond Cotton action plan for Mozambique and was forwarded to the partners for review and comments.
The technical mission included visits to schools and family farmers in the provinces of Tete and Manica, where the project operates, to collect and validate data to inform the country-specific project framework. From 24 to 26 July, the workshop on Structuring the Logical Framework of the Country-specific Project took place. In the week of 29 July to 2 August, the team prepared the first version of the country-specific project document, based on the information collected during the field visits and during the workshop. The Brazilian and Mozambican institutions involved in the Beyond Cotton initiative will now review the document’s first draft.
During the mission held in 2018, the technical team validated the main points defined in the diagnostic document of the country’s cotton sector and defined the priority areas of action. The assessment focused on three points: 1) cotton production in the country; 2) market and commercialization flow; and 3) food and nutritional security.
Based on a proposal to support cotton production and associated food crops, it was defined that the intended impact of the country-specific project is to contribute to improving food and nutritional security and income of cotton-producing smallholder farmers.
The main purpose of the workshop was to gather information and suggestions from the partner entities from Mozambique and Brazil to complement the initial diagnosis and to support the process of jointly elaborating the logical framework of the Mozambique country-specific project.
Participants prepared the guidelines of the logical framework matrix during the seminar. The following week, a group of technical experts from the WFP Centre of Excellence, the World Food Programmme country office in Mozambique and the Cotton Institute of Mozambique met to finalize the logical framework matrix and to define next steps and subsequent activities. This group prepared the first draft of the country project, which was forwarded for review and comment by partner institutions.