Mozambique - CARE

Mozambique

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COUNTRY FACTS

Population:
25,8 millions
Average life expectancy:
50,3 years
Proficiency in writing and reading:
50,6 %
Access to clean drinking water:
47 %
GDP per citizen:
US$ 971
Child mortality:
92 pr. 1,000 born alive
Mother mortality:
490 pr. 100.000 born alive
HIV-infected:
11,1 %

Source: UNDP, UNICEF

 

Although Mozambique’s economy has improved since the end of the civil war in 1992, it is still one of the poorest countries in the world, following prolonged civil war and frequent natural disasters.

Three quarters of the population lives in poverty. Many lives on the countryside, and depend strongly on nature’s resources like forestry and agriculture. The social inequality grows.

Rich resources of nature like tropical tree, coal, oil and gas have made Mozambique attractive in the eyes of foreign investments. Mostly it affects local farmers, who lose land and income, because the investments only fit a small group of elites.

Only 30 percent of all families in the countryside have access to clean drinking water, and only six percent have hygienic goods. HIV and aids continually hit 12 percent of all adults. Especially women get affected with hiv.

Every year natural disasters strike the country; mostly droughts, storms and floods, which are destroying crops and many homes. It is very difficult for farmers to predict the rain, because of climate changes. In the future, raising temperatures will have a destructive impact on the country’s agriculture, and the oceans’ increase is threatening the coastlines, where the majority of the population lives.

CARE Danmark in Mozambique
CARE Danmark is fighting for the influence of locals in investment projects. CARE also supports local organisations, which want to improve their members living conditions and give them more influence on governmental decision-making. National organisations in civil society are provided support to change legislation and public investments, which benefit poor farming.

Besides that, CARE works for better access to clean drinking water. You are most welcome to read about CARE’s projects in the menu to the right.

For more information on CARE Danmark’s work in Mozambique, please contact Programme Coordinator Rolf Hernø

CARE Danmark also works in:
Ghana
Kenya
Laos
Nepal
Niger
Tanzania
Uganda
Vietnam
Globally

CARE Danmark’s focus areas:
Agriculture
Value Chains
Forestry
Gender Equality & Micro Finance
Water
Climate Change
Food Security