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President Armando Guebuza awarded FANRPAN Food Security Award
2 September 2009

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges Agência de Informação de Moçambique as the source of this article: http://www.poptel.org.uk/mozambique-news/


Maputo: Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, has won another prize, this time awarded by the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), as a recognition for his role in promoting Mozambique's Green Revolution.

This is the second international award in less than a week. On Friday, Guebuza received in Maputo the African Gender Award 2009, a statuette inspired the story of an African woman facing social, political and economic challenges.  Executive Director of 'Femmes Africa Solidarité, Bineta Diop, shortly after an audience granted by the Mozambican President in Maputo announced the gender award to reporters.

The FANRPAN award was announced by the Chairman of COMESA, Sindiso Ngwwenha, during an audience granted to him on Tuesday by the Mozambican President in the State House.

Guebuza is also praised for establishing the Local Initiative Investment Budget (OIIL), which is the government's response to the legal definition of the district as 'the main territorial unit for the organisation of the state's local administration, and the basis for the planning of economic, social and cultural development'.

At first, the OIIL was a transfer of seven million meticais (about 260,000 US dollars at current exchange rates) from the state budget to each of the 128 districts. In 2007, however, the government introduced criteria to differentiate between the districts.

The allocation of development funds, is a new initiative at least in Africa, and has been applauded around the world as evidence of Guebuza's determination to rescue millions of Mozambicans who still live under very difficult conditions.

Those who applaud this initiative point out that this move breaks with what is common in the continent, which is a real oversight by the governments of the tragedy endured by Africans in rural areas.

FANRPAN is an organization that seeks to promote appropriate agricultural policy for poverty reduction, increase food security and enhance sustainable agricultural development in the Southern Africa Development region among others. Hence, this organization felt compelled to award a prize to President Guebuza, given that his policies are consistent with those followed by FANRPAN.

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