Re: Rapid spread of coconut lethal disease in the Zambezia region of Mozambique
Four Mozambican provinces to receive United States aid funding
Maputo, Mozambique, 11 July – The Mozambican provinces of Niassa, Cabo
Delgado, Nampula and Zambezia are to benefit from an aid donation of
US$ 506.9 million from the US, media reported.
The Noticias newspaper said the aid package is being granted by
Washington's Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and will be
applied over five years to water-supply and health projects, highway
rehabilitation and the Nacala dam, computerized land registry and
support for combat of lethal yellowing disease of coconut palm.
President Armando Guebuza flies to Washington Friday to formalize the
US aid package. Mozambique is the twelfth African state to benefit
from this type of aid and the second largest recipient after Ghana,
which is receiving US$ 547 million from the US.
A statement from the Mozambican presidency, cited by Noticias, said
the US aid in question is given to states showing excellent commitment
to good governance, development of human capital and the creation of a
favorable business climate.
--- In CICLY@yahoogroups.com
, "hugh.harries" <harrieshc@...> wrote:
> "Farmer Income Support Project ($17.4 million)
> Coconuts and coconut products form an important part of the economy in
> Northern Mozambique. However, outbreaks of Coconut Lethal Yellowing
> Disease (CLYD) now threaten the industry and the livelihood of over
> 1.7 million people in Zambézia and Nampula Provinces. At the present
> rate of spread, more than 50 percent of the coconut area is likely to
> be lost over the next nine years. Affected trees cease producing and
> threaten healthy trees' productivity; therefore, they must be removed
> and replaced.
> The objective of the Farmer Income Support Project is to reduce the
> spread of CLYD, and to improve productivity of coconut products and
> encourage diversification into other cash-crop production. This
> project will eliminate biological and technical barriers that hinder
> economic growth among farms and targeted enterprises while supporting
> diversification into other cash crops and improved farming practices
> to assist smallholders and producers recover lost income. In
> conjunction with tree removal and replacement, this activity will
> assist farmers in adopting new cropping systems and developing
> alternative sources of cash income during the time required for new
> coconut trees to reach productive age. This component will also
> provide technical support to introduce better practices aimed at
> increasing crop yields."
> --- In CICLY@yahoogroups.com
, "Hugh Harries" <harrieshc@> wrote:
> > The following information was extracted from a message posted to the
> Google coconut group at http://groups.google.com/group/coconut
> > The Millennium Challenge Corporation is preparing to fund a program in
> > Mozambique. One of the issues that has come to our attention is the
> > apparently rapid spread of coconut lethal yellowing disease in the
> > Zambezia region. However, no one seems certain how serious this
> > problem is. CIRAD did a report a couple of years ago, but it seems
> > the disease has spread since then.
> > The message continues:
> > We are considering the need to hire a specialist to do an update of
> > the situation and advise on the seriousness of the problem, its extent
> > and outline a possible program to address it.
> > CICLY members will want to know that:
> > The MCC are looking for a specialist in coconut lethal yellowing who
> > might be available to undertake this work.
> > Contact:
> > Mark Huisenga
> > Director, Agriculture and Rural Economy
> > Millennium Challenge Corporation
> > 875 Fifteenth Street, NW
> > Washington, DC 20005
> > p: 202-521-2638
> > m: 202-459-3202
> > f: 202-521-7905
> > huisengma@