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App for all seasons could dampen effects of climate change in Mozambique
28 December 2016 - A smartphone app that helps rural communities to harvest rainwater could mitigate some of the huge problems caused by flooding and drought. Mozambique generally has two seasons: wet and dry. When it rains, it can flood; when rainfall is scarce, crops dry up. Civil engineer Aline Okello saw how this pattern affected local farmers, who see their crops flooded year after year only to lose out again come the next big drought. So she decided to help. (more)

Wild birds lead people to honey if they make the right sound
21 July 2016 - In Mozambique's woodlands, the sound of sweet evolution is at work.Over the centuries humans and a wild bird species have learned to work together with a simple sound: 'Brrr-hm.' When human honey-hunters make that call, the bird called the honeyguide does its namesake job with incredible accuracy, leading people to hidden bees' nests. Scientists put this ancient practice to the test and it passed with high flying colors. (more)

Mozambique: OPEC to finance renewable energy in Mozambique
7 June 2016 - The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a grant of 600,000 US dollars tor for the Austrian Development Agency to further develop a solar power project in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho. The project aims at reducing energy poverty by increasing access to solar energy. It is expected to improve the living standards of seven thousand people. (more)

Mozambique plans to turn old ammo depot into nature reserve
12 October 2015 - Craters lie where concrete bunkers once stood, testament to the powerful explosions that occurred when a Mozambican ammunition depot accidentally blew up in 2007, killing more than 100 people. Now work is underway to transform a site littered with old rockets, grenades and shells into a nature reserve with museums, restaurants and a children's playground. (more)

Mozambique economy grew 7.5 pct in 2014 - cenbank
18 December 2014 - Mozambique's economy grew 7.5 per cent this year, a slight increase on the previous year, the central bank said on Wednesday. The gas-rich southern African economy grew 7 per cent last year, according to the African Development Bank. (more)

US lauds Mozambican peace agreement
6 September 2014 - US Secretary of State John Kerry has praised the signing of a truce between the government of Mozambique and the southern African country's chief opposition, Renamo, as 'an historic step forward'. The peace accord is intended to end almost two years of hostilities between the two sides. It was signed in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Friday between President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, who came out of hiding on Thursday. (more)

Mozambique opposition leader, President ratify peace deal
5 September 2014 - Mozambique opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama and President Armando Guebuza ratified a peace deal in the capital on Friday, ending nearly two years of low-level guerrilla insurgency ahead of a 15 October election. Dhlakama returned to Maputo this week after two years in hiding in the central province of Sofala, during which time armed members of his Renamo party clashed sporadically with government forces. (more)

Mozambique to be free of landmines by end of 2014
23 June 2014 - Mozambique plans to clear all known minefields with the help of international backers by the end of this year, hoping to rid its territory of a deadly scourge that caused thousands of casualties after a civil war ended in 1992, experts said Monday. The removal of virtually all anti-personnel landmines would be a major accomplishment for Mozambique, where mines were first planted in the 1960s during a war for independence against Portuguese colonialists and then in the civil war that followed. (more)

Mozambique could be free of land mines this year
11 February 2014 - Mozambique could be free of anti-personnel land mines by the end of this year, according to the head of operations of the National Demining Institute (IND), Antonio Martins. Speaking at a Maputo seminar, intended to draw up plans for assisting land mine victims, Martins said that in 2013, 592 areas suspected of containing land mines, and covering a total area of 9.33 million square metres, were demined. (more)

Mozambique holds largely peaceful municipal elections
20 November 2013 - Mozambicans voted in largely peaceful municipal elections on Wednesday amid tension and sporadic violence in past months between the government and the main opposition group, which boycotted the polls. Some 53 municipalities are electing town presidents and assemblies, and presidential elections will be held next year. About 3.5 million people registered to vote on Wednesday. (more)


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Bringing back hope to Mozambique
18 February 2014 - Perpetua Alfazema was born in Mozambique but fled during the civil war to find refuge in Canada. In 1995, she and her husband returned to their homeland, Kapasseni, and started a project to revive the area. Perpetua had heard about former Mozambique president Joaquim Chissano, who trained the military in the Transcendental Meditation programme and brought political peace and economic growth after the end of the 15-year civil war. In 2011 Perpetua learned Transcendental Meditation and was inspired to help people in her homeland develop their full potential. (more)

Can meditation change the world? 'Meditating president' Joaquim Chissano brought peace, prosperity to Mozambique - Psychology Today
10 December 2012 - A recent article in Psychology Today explores the case study of the 'meditating president', Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. After the country's long, devastating civil war ended in 1992, 'Chissano treated the rebel forces who had been trying to overthrow his government with respect. . . . Rather than trying to crush the rebels, he began to work with them,' writes Steve Taylor. '[He] set about the task of establishing lasting peace by reducing poverty' and child mortality, and increasing primary education. 'Mozambique was brought back from the brink of self-destruction and has instead become one of Africa's most stable and peaceful countries.' Taylor asks, 'What was it that made Chissano so rational and compassionate as a leader? In 1992, he learned Transcendental Meditation.' (more)

Mozambique: Former President Chissano's organic farm a model of simplicity, profitability for his country
8 October 2012 - A 600-hectare organic farm near Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, established by former President Joaquim Chissano, was one of several places Dr Bevan Morris visited in Mozambique earlier this year. Dr Morris, President of Maharishi University of Management, learned about how the farm employs local labour and utilizes simple harvesting methods. With these methods farmers can grow crops efficiently and sell the harvest at a profit. President Chissano wants to set an example for the country of how to farm profitably using this system. (more)

Mozambique: 20th year since peace accord features visit from Maharishi University of Management president
7 October 2012 - On 4 October, Mozambique celebrated the 20th anniversary of the General Peace Agreement that ended its long civil war. Earlier this year, during a 14-country tour of Africa, Dr Bevan Morris, president of Maharishi University of Management, visited former Mozambican president Dr Joaquim Chissano. As the country's second president, President Chissano's governance and leadership have been given great credit for the rebuilding of its economy, infrastructure, and institutions. President Chissano and his family learned Transcendental Meditation in 1992 and he introduced it to his government leaders and widely among the military and the public. 'The result has been political peace and balance in nature in my country,' he said in 2001. (more)

Invincibility School with 1,000 students to be established in Mozambique
13 December 2009 - An initiative to create a large Invincibility School is underway in Mozambique, with additional plans to create invincibility in other African countries through Consciousness-Based Education. (more)

Maharishi University of Management honoured by visit of former President of Mozambique
10 November 2009 - Joaquim Alberto Chissano, who was President of Mozambique from 1986-2005, recently addressed a celebration honouring him at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA. President Chissano introduced the Transcendental Meditation Programme and Yogic Flying to the military in his country and ended the long-standing civil war. (more)

Students to learn the Transcendental Programme in Mozambique and Angola
8 January 2009 - Hundreds of students in universities and schools will learn the Transcendental Meditation Technique as part of a project to create invincibility in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa. (more)

Mozambique: African statesman brings political peace with Transcendental Meditation
30 October 2007 - Joaquim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique, and the first recipient of the prestigious Achievement in African Leadership award, credits much of his leadership success to the practice of Transcendental Meditation. (more)


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Hundreds of Mozambicans cross into Malawi to flee fighting
27 July 2015 - Hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into neighboring Malawi after renewed fighting between government troops and fighters loyal to the opposition party Renamo, officials from both countries said Monday. The Mozambican government, run by the ruling Frelimo party, and Renamo fought a bloody civil war from 1977 to 1992. After more than 20 years of peace, fighting broke out between the government and Renamo las year in northern Mozambique. A peace accord was signed in September last year. (more)

Mozambique, a budding narco-state?
22 March 2011 - Mozambicans see Mohamed Bachir Suleman's glitzy shopping mall as a symbol of a modern future for their impoverished country. But Washington calls him a drug lord, abetted by 'endemic corruption' in this country that risks becoming Africa's newest narco-state. He is believed to have given millions of dollars over the years to the ruling FRELIMO party, which has won every election since the nation's first multiparty vote in 1994. These donations raise questions about whether Suleman is using drug money to buy the support of powerful protectors who will allow Mozambique to become Africa's next narco-state. Mozambique has yet to convict any major drug traffickers in the courts. (more)

Mozambique becoming major drug transit hub - WikiLeaks
10 December 2010 - Mozambique has become a leading drug trafficking centre in Africa, with high-level government officials receiving bribes to turn a blind eye to the trade, classified US documents released on WikiLeaks said. 'Despite anti-corruption rhetoric, the ruling FRELIMO party has not shown much serious political will to combat narco-trafficking,' said a secret US document from Maputo created in January 2010 and released this week by WikiLeaks. US documents cite police as saying they 'are unwilling to go after 'big fish' narco-traffickers because of their ties to senior officials.' (more)

Mozambique police on alert for more bread protests
5 September 2010 - Mozambique police were on high alert on Sunday on reports fresh protests over soaring bread prices might erupt in the capital following demonstrations last week that left ten dead and hundreds injured. Riots erupted in the southern African state on Wednesday after the government raised bread prices by 30 per cent in one of the world's poorest countries, saying the increase was a consequence of higher global wheat prices. After two days of looting and street battles with police last week, there was relative calm at the weekend but police expecting more demonstrations have now increased their presence in the capital. (more)

Deadly Mozambique price riots enter second day
2 September 2010 - Demonstrators blocked roads with burning tyres and looted shops in Mozambique's capital Maputo on Thursday as deadly riots sparked by soaring bread prices entered a second day. On Wednesday police and hospital sources said at least six people were killed, including two children, as police opened fire on protesters in the worst riots to hit the southern Africa country of 23 million people since 2008. The rioting was prompted by a 30 per cent rise in bread prices in one of the world's poorest countries, which has never fully recovered from one of Africa's bloodiest civil wars. (more)

Mozambique faces acute grain shortage
13 March 2008 - Mozambique will need to import at least 1.25 million tonnes of maize, wheat, and rice by August to cover food shortages caused by floods, a government official said on Thursday. The co-ordinator of Mozambique's National Agriculture Development Programme (PROAGRI) said at least 150,000 people in the country were in urgent need of food aid after severe floods in the centre of the country. (more)

Mozambique: People in need of food aid doubles
31 October 2005 - Over the past six months a combination of factors, including escalating maize prices, a failed winter crop, and the slow response by donors, has almost doubled the number of people in need of food aid to more than 800,000 in Mozambique. Underfunding of relief agencies like the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has been identified as the main reason for the slow response in providing aid. (more)

Knowledge fades as African languages die
7 March 2005 - A UN Conference on Trade and Development report on protecting traditional knowledge argues that beyond a devastating impact on culture, the death of a language wipes out centuries of know-how in preserving ecosystems, leading to grave consequences for biodiversity. (more)

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