Irish charity workers helping out flood victims in Mozambique
IRISH farm skills are being used to help Mozambique villagers devastated by disastrous flooding which wiped out crops and left thousands of people homeless.
A Concern team is now working in Mozambique to help the African farmers maximise crop yields, improve cost-efficiencies and recover from the extreme weather that has wrecked their industry.
Dubliners Geraldine Carroll and Tim Hanley spent eight days in Mozambique in late July to monitor the ongoing farm projects.
Geraldine, originally from Rush, and Tim, from Shankill, visited a project in the north west of Mozambique, where Concern is advising people how to improve their agricultural skills.
"The programme is called a 'Farmer Field School' with both junior and adult participants," Tim explained.
"The farmers are growing vegetables with high nutritional value, such as spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, cabbage, onions and sweet potatoes.
"They are now managing to sell some of their produce at market. Concern provide training where the people can learn better farming practices.
"In another initiative, Concern is working with groups of pregnant women and nursing mothers to improve the diet and nutrition of both mother and child. Each of these women in turn advises a further 10 women on nutrition," Geraldine added.
Tim and Geraldine also said they were delighted to see a youth parliament in Chimoio.
Devastating floods left thousands of people homeless in northern Mozambique.
Concern helped to resettle over 1,200 families.
Last year, Concern spent €2.4m in the country and it currently employs 146 staff, all but eight of whom are from Mozambique.