Eptisa will provide technical assistance to the Food Security and Nutrition Secretariat to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 1C in Mozambique

The target 1C of the MDG is aimed to halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger

July 02 2014

Mozambique has demonstrated a strong macroeconomic performance over the last decade and prospects for future growth are stronger still. In spite of this, more than 50% of the population still lives below the poverty line, while insufficient quality and quantity of dietary consumption leaves more than 30% of households chronically affected by food insecurity, with alarming rates of stunting among children.

In some areas of the country, like the Beira and Nacala corridors, malnourishment has become a prevailing condition, even when the agriculture production is apparently sufficient to ensure access and availability of food. This is the result of a combination of limited diversity of food intake and inadequate nutrition practices, compounded by poor water and sanitation conditions.

In this context, the country is to renew its efforts to improve the food security situation. The Food Security and Nutrition Secretariat (SETSAN) has the mandate to coordinate and monitor the food security situation in the country and the implementation of the Action Plan for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition.

Within this project, the SETSAN existing capacity will be strengthened in order to take on the additional tasks of coordination, monitoring and evaluation of the MDG-I Programme, aimed to achieve the target 1C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

Eptisa will be in responsible for:

  • Effective Coordination of the Programme at Central and Provincial levels. All the committees foreseen in the Programme (the Programme Steering Committee, the Programme Task Force, the Programme Coordination Unit and the Corridors Coordination Units) are effective with clear TOR and meet on regular base.
  • Effective Monitoring of the Programme. SETSAN mandate to monitor the impact and outcomes of the programme is fulfilled. All indicators of the log frame are properly followed and information is regularly updated.
  • Consolidation of the annual reports in time and presented to the Task Force and the Steering Committee.
  • Successful conclusion of the process of programme reviews, which are foreseen at the mid-term and the end of term. Both contracts will be managed by the EU Delegation. They will evaluate results of the programme, as well as the implementation modalities, including a review of value for money. At mid-term this may include the identification of corrective measures and the allocation of the substantial contingencies.
  • Support the visibility and communications effort of the Programme.
  • Support SETSAN in the management of the Programme Estimate, in respect of EU procedures.