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ETHAKA - A sustainable agricultural production and consumption model for climate resilience and food and nutrition security




Aid type

Project-type interventions




€ 3,597,313
€ 2,158,387


The ETHAKA project, of 36 months, which will be implemented in 4 districts of the Provinces of Zambezia and Nampula, arises from the experience that ICEI, Istituto Oikos and Associazione Mani Tese and the project partners in Italy (Municipality of Milan) and in the field (2 public authorities and 2 academic institutions, NGO Helvetas) have gained in Mozambique and in the sector, in the context of initiatives for the promotion of climate resilient agricultural models and nutrition. The intervention, which involves as partners public authorities of the two provinces to ensure its institutional sustainability, aims to offer a response to the limited availability and diversification of agricultural products and food caused by: i) low productivity farming systems, ii) an unfavourable environment in terms of regulatory and institutional framework and inadequate technical assistance services for the planning of resilient and sustainable agricultural models iii) inadequate food and sanitation habits to meet nutritional needs. The intervention strategy aims to help achieve food security, improve nutrition, and increase the income of the population of Mozambique (Impact) - both rural and urban - and is based on the adoption at institutional and community (household) levels of an agricultural model of production and consumption that is sustainable, resilient, and meets the nutritional needs of the population (Outcome). To achieve this goal, the project will: 1. Increase the food security of small-scale producer households - particularly women and youth - in 16 communities, by increasing and diversifying primary production on the one hand, and strengthening key food value-chains on the other. To this end, sustainable agricultural production techniques will be promoted according to a circular approach and resilient to climate change (AgroForestry Systems and agroecology), production activities will be diversified by introducing small-scale livestock farming, fish farming and beekeeping, and capacities and facilities for the post-harvest stages (storage and processing) will be strengthened, both for food security and for market access. In parallel, actions will be carried out to conserve and restore the degraded coastal ecosystems present (mangroves, dune ecosystems), according to the agricultural model in balance with the environment proposed by the initiative. 2) Strengthen the regulatory framework for an adequate trade-off between agriculture and environment, through a deep advocacy work with institutions at municipal (Quelimane, Nampula), provincial (Zambezia, Nampula) and national level, in order to promote public sector policies of sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems in line with the model. A substantial capacity-building program aimed at key stakeholders in the sector, in particular officials and technicians of the relevant public authorities, will be the driving force behind the creation of an inter-provincial Task-force, to which representatives from the national level will be invited, for the formulation of policy recommendations and subsequent advocacy actions with decision-makers at municipal, provincial and national level. At the municipal level the adoption of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) by the two provincial capitals will be promoted; at other levels, the adoption of strategic planning documents according to the recommendations of the Task Force. The heart of this component will be the creation of a "Center for Innovation, Dissemination and training in Agro-Forestry Systems - CISAF", which will test and promote techniques based on agro-forestry systems, support innovation and encourage opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the academic area, among policy makers and with the private sector, constituting a platform for comparison at national and international level. read more close
Year Committed Used
2022 € 3,597,313 € 2,158,387


Type Name Channel code
Government AICS - Italian Agency for Cooperation and Development 22000

Channel reported

Type Name Channel code

Project data

  • IATI IDXM-DAC-6-4-012590-02-5
  • Expected start date 2022/06/15
  • Completion date -
  • Finance type Standard grant
  • Flow type ODA
  • Bi/Multilateral Bilateral
  • Status Implementation
  • Tied status Tied


  • 31120 - Agricultural development 38%
  • 43071 - Food security policy and administrative management 36%
  • 43072 - Household food security programmes 26%

Policy markers

  • Gender Equality significant objective
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) significant objective
  • Disability not targeted
  • Nutrition principal objective
  • Aid to Environment significant objective
  • Participatory Development/Good Governance not targeted
  • Trade Development not targeted
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation significant objective
  • Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification not targeted
  • Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) not targeted


  • 2.1 - By 2030, end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round
  • 2.2 - By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5¬†years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons
  • 2.3 - By 2030, double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment
  • 2.4 - By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality
  • 2.a - Increase investment, including through enhanced international cooperation, in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and extension services, technology development and plant and livestock gene banks in order to enhance agricultural productive capacity in developing countries, in particular least developed countries