MAPUTO– The African Development Bank (AfDB) has delivered to the Mozambican relief agency, the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), a variety of equipment intended to increase resilience in arid areas, build water supply sources and increase agricultural yields.

The equipment, acquired under the Project for Recovery from Drought and Agricultural Resilience, is valued at 15 million US dollars, and includes 12 vehicles, four unmanned aircraft (drones), and office equipment, among other materials.

The equipment is intended for Maputo and Gaza provinces, which are among the areas most affected by last year’s drought.

Speaking at the handover ceremony here Tuesday, the AfDB representative, Cesar Tique, said he hoped the equipment would help strengthen the INGC’s capacity to help rural communities face the interlinked challenges of climate change, rural poverty, food insecurity and land degradation, through the provision of water supply infrastructures, improved food production, and building the capacity of the affected communities.

Tique said the equipment was being delivered in response to an appeal from the government for the AfDB, as a strategic partner, to support a programme of long-term interventions to compensate for the impact of drought.

We ask the INGC and the provincial and district government to ensure that this equipment is reserved for the exclusive use of the project, so as to guarantee that it produces the expected results,”he said.

He praised the government’s determination to make communities more resilient to climate change, to preserve the environment and to develop a green economy.