'Xai Xai, MOZAMBIQUE - In rural areas, Mozambique continues to experience food insecurity, regularly aggravated by extreme climatic events. Specifically, and according to SETSAN (Mozambique’s Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition) reports, Gaza province socio-economic indicators highlighted extreme pools of poverty, where climate conditions – i.e. extreme dry and rainy seasons- have contributed to increase the vulnerabilities of communities and households to food insecurity and malnutrition. This in turn has increased provincial and district government challenges to reinforce community resilience to climate change and food insecurity.
Within this context, UNCDF, within the Belgian Fund for Food Security partnership framework, will begin implementing the LoCAL programme from August, 2014. Building on the existing programmatic experiences in Gaza province in relation to the Food and Nutritional Security Project (FNSP), the LoCAL facility will take into account the government decentralization policy and strategy that identifies the districts as foundation for the promotion of local development. It stresses the importance of the local consultative councils within the local governance system as forums for communities to raise their voices to express their needs and concerns about local realities, which include climate change and food insecurity challenges.'
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