The Carter Center has been working in Mozambique since 1998, providing international election observation, support for citizen observers, review of the political finance structure, support for a national consensus-building process, and improvement of agricultural production.
In 1998, the government of Mozambique asked the Carter Center's Global Development Initiative (1993-2006) to support a national consensus-building initiative known as the Agenda 2025 National Vision and National Development Strategy Process. This process brought together Mozambicans from across the social and political spectrum to develop a shared, long-term vision and strategy for future development. The Agenda 2025 process was designed to assist Mozambique to identify policy options to inform the country's Poverty Reduction Strategy, a short-term action plan required for foreign loans and grant aid from the international donor community.
The Carter Center began working with Mozambique's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in 1995 to increase food security. Led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Norman Borlaug, a joint venture between The Carter Center and the Sasakawa Africa Association helped more than 8 million small-scale sub-Saharan African farmers improve agricultural production.
QUICK FACTS: MOZAMBIQUE
Size: 799,380 square kilometers
Population below poverty line: 52 percent
Life expectancy: 53 years
Ethnic groups: African (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans, Euro-Africans, Indians
Religions: Roman Catholic, Muslim, Zionist Christian, Protestant (includes Pentecostal and Anglican), other
Languages: Emakhuwa, Portuguese (official), Xichangana, Cisena, Elomwe, Echuwabo, other Mozambican languages, other
(Source: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook 2016)