Difficulties in accessing and maintaining an adequate food supply in the IBO District greatly hinder the area’s development.
The issue of food access is highlighted in research carried out nationally and is reflected in the main planning and public policy measures outlined in Mozambique’s Action Plan for Reducing Poverty. The Plan’s main objective is the reduction of poverty by improving food security. The plan focuses on agricultural and fish production, particularly on a family level, which is crucial in securing a nutritious food supply to ensure the population’s wellbeing.
Food insecurity and malnutrition are issues that the IBO Foundation is working to improve:
A. Limited agricultural production for self-consumption
The alarming fall in agricultural produce destined for locals limits access to food and reduces variation in people’s diets, reducing the population’s access to a reliable food supply and increasing the risk of child malnutrition.
B. Lack of jobs and sources of income
The high prices of food imported from the mainland mean that locals, especially the most vulnerable, cannot afford it. Furthermore, sources of income and job opportunities are very scarce, and the general population is unable to rely on adequate training to make the most of the small number opportunities that are on offer.
The IBO Foundation is committed to helping people in Ibo find their own ways to fight against food insecurity, supporting the region through training schemes and techniques that empower individuals and boost employability (we work with fishermen, octopus fishermen, craftspeople, jewellers, businesspeople, farmers, etc.)