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    18 March, 2014
BHP-Billiton launches agricultural initiative
 
London, 18 Mar (AIM) – The Anglo-Australian company BHP-Billiton on Monday launched a project to help small scale farmers in three districts of Maputo province in southern Mozambique.
 
The initiative is funded by BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, a charity established by BHP Billiton as part of its community investment program. It will donate US$8.8 million to the project over a five year period.
 
The assistance will be focussed on fifty producer organisations representing farmers in Boane, Marracuene and Namaacha districts. It aims to increase income and business opportunities, improve production capacity through training and facilitate access to finance. The project is expected to directly benefit 6,500 households. Currently, thirty field schools for farmers are in the first stage of being established.
 
According to the chairperson of BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, Ian Wood, the project “builds on people’s affinity with their land in Mozambique and their history in small scale farming”.
 
He added, “we hope the skills and knowledge shared during this project will help improve the livelihoods of people over many generations to come”.
 
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities focusses on capacity building in the expectation that after the projects are completed a lasting legacy will remain.
 
BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities supports a number of projects in Colombia, Australia, South Africa and Mozambique.
 
Other projects in Mozambique focus on mother and child health, malaria and access to clean water, with investment totalling US$30 million.
 
BHP Billiton is the major shareholder of the Mozal aluminium smelter on the outskirts of Maputo.
(AIM)

 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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