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Learn more about Quelimane's food system below

City overview

Quelimane, located in the central region of Mozambique, is known for its mild climate and fertile soil. It has a population of around 400,000 people and is considered a development center in the region. The city’s natural conditions are suitable for cultivating palm trees, citrus fruits, and other varieties of fruit trees. It has a river port and serves as a terminal port for products from the province of Zambézia.

The city is experiencing rapid population growth, with an estimated influx of 2,000 new residents every month, which directly affects the food system. There is a lack of internal food production and distribution systems, and access roads connecting producers to markets or consumers are degraded. This has led to a worrying state of food security, with many residents facing food and nutritional insecurity.

To address these challenges, the municipality of Quelimane is implementing various measures. These include establishing micro food production fields to replicate sustainable production techniques, creating groups of vegetable producers and fishermen, and providing technical assistance and training to farmers on agricultural production, food safety, and conservation. The municipality aims to ensure food and nutritional security for its citizens by improving production capacity, enhancing distribution systems, and promoting sustainable agricultural practices.


Food Waste
School Feeding Programme Challenges
Climate change and extreme weather events

Market Management,
Urban agriculture and land use
Supply chain management

What challenges can AfriFOODlinks support with?

• Fading of wholesale markets in the city of Quelimane
• Improvement of the fish market cold system
• Ensure the distribution of agricultural inputs and improved seeds
• Ensure mangrove management and conservation
• Promotion of fish farming

Status of food and nutrition security

  1. Access to healthy and nutritious food, especially for children
  2. Strong informal sector
  3. Multi-functional centres that improve food security and provide community resilience Improved circular economies



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