Maputo — London, 17 Dec (AIM) - The Executive Board of the World Bank has approved the provision of 55.15 million US dollars for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges in the southern Mozambican province of Gaza.
The funds will pay for the restoration of roads damaged by floods in January and the building of new infrastructure to ensure that rural roads are climate resilient. Under the project, about a thousand kilometres of roads and 30 main bridges will be restored and upgraded to protect them from the effects of floods and other climate related hazards.
According to the World Bank's country director for Mozambique, Laurence Clarke, “the government of Mozambique has made important progress in incorporating climate change adaptation into its development plans, and has made climate resilient road standards a priority in the National Climate Change Strategy”.
He added, “today's funds support a 'build back better' approach that could have a transformative impact on the country's road network and help reduce the disruption experienced by so many families that occurs in the aftermath of a natural disaster”.
Most of the funding, 39.4 million dollars, will come from the World Bank's soft loan facility, the International Development Association (IDA). In addition, the Bank's Strategic Climate Fund is to provide a loan of 6.5 million dollars and a grant of 9.25 million dollars.
Britain's Department for International Development is also contributing a further 15 million dollars, whilst the Mozambican government will spend 40 million dollars on the project.
The World Bank estimates that January's floods hit “89,000 hectares of cultivated land in one of the most productive agricultural areas of the country, affecting livelihoods and food security for more than 48,000 smallholder farmers and their families who are reliant on agriculture for food and income”.