Food insecurity: Maize drink

A highly nutritious maize-based porridge drink is being distributed by brewing company Cervejas de Mozambique to over 13,000 schoolchildren in drought-hit central and southern Mozambique, to tackle food and nutrition insecurity and strengthen the schoolchildren’s academic performance. Containing 500 calories, almost a third of a child’s daily energy requirement, the Super Maheu maize drink is produced using maize sourced from approximately 2,000 local smallholder farmers. The brewery, which works alongside Mozambique’s Ministry of Education, estimates that more than 120 t of maize will be purchased during 2016 for production of the drink for local schools. Around 1.5 million Mozambicans are in urgent need of help because of the El Niño-induced drought.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.