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Quinta Irini, an agricultural and agro-processing initiative located in Mafuiane engages in a wide range of agricultural activities including agro-processing agriculture, fungal beekeeping (mushroom production) and raising small animals, chicken, ducks, rabbits, and goats. The small holder farm largely relies on firewood and charcoal as the largest source of energy used in the process of pasteurizing the substrate for the production of mushrooms. The process consumes large amounts of firewood for cooking with 200-liter drums, but the scarcity of this resource in this area is hindering the business and impends its growth. The Namaacha region where the initiative is based is being affected by a rapid trend of fast deforestation combined with population growth, low agricultural production, poverty, food insecurity, low use (and unsustainable use) of the natural resources available in communities, unemployment, urbanization, uncontrolled fires, among other factors that are contributing to the increased demand for wood fuels.

In the ambit of the TSE4ALLM project implemented by UNIDO, funded by the Global Environment Facility and with oversight from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Quinta Irini initiative intends to turn the situation around by promoting the adoption of alternative sources of energy. The aim of this initiative is to establish measures to change from traditional systems that are detrimental to the environment to more efficient and improved systems, as well as to induce the adoption of other energy options. Changes will ensure the sustainability of the use of the biomass resource, including use of residues to improve the quality of productive soils.



Inside this issue;
1. TSE4ALLM calls for expression of interest for small and medium size Renewable Energy technology projects
2. Agreement between UNIDO and BCI to finance Renewable Energy in rural Mozambique
3. UNIDO signs Cooperate agreement with UEM
4. Increased crop production and income generation for female smallholder farmers with the use of the solar water pumps

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In February 2020 a joint declaration was signed by the Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Mr. Li Yong and Mr. Orlando Antonio Quilambo, the Rector of Eduardo Mondlane University to promote sustainable development in the dissemination of renewable energy systems in Mozambique. UNIDO and UEM in the ambit of the Towards Sustainable Development for All in Mozambique (TSE4ALLM) project are aiming to develop a long term relationship to promote sustainable development in the areas of solar photovoltaic and biomass (waste to energy) systems; dissemination of renewable energy technology; promotion of the adoption of renewable energy technology; and the development of local renewable technologies for the agro-processing industry.
Effective January 2021, UNIDO and UEM with financial support from the Global Environment Facility jointly embarked on the activities of the TSE4ALLM cluster whose aim is to provide a sustainable platform for establishing linkages between Private sector, public sector, academia and research institutions, energy service companies and solution providers, technology suppliers in order to foster competitiveness in the adoption of integrated renewable energy systems. This will be achieved through enhanced cooperation, capacity building, and knowledge sharing, localization of technologies, matchmaking with international technology providers, and collaboration with research and academia that will ultimately lead to increased adoption of RE systems in Mozambique.
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On December 15th 2020, a memorandum of Understanding was signed between ClimateScience and the TSE4ALLM project with the aim of mutually promoting climate change education, specifically with regards to renewable energy in Mozambique. ClimateScience creates fun and free educational content on climate change, in order to inspire students and professionals to contribute to climate solutions.  ClimateScience’s mission is to make science-based content that is accessible to all, and to help educate individuals and organizations around the world about climate change. Beautifully-illustrated, understandable courses, as well as YouTube videos are created which give learners the possibility to practice their gained knowledge in presenting and debating their findings. 
On the other hand, the TSE4ALLM project’s mission is to move towards sustainable energy for all in Mozambique. Currently, modern energy sources for productive use and private-sector engagement are limited in rural areas. The Project aims to engage the private sector in order to promote the market-based spread of integrated renewable energy systems, which will then help provide the necessary energy to rural areas for productive use. In addition to creating pilot projects to show the benefits of these renewable energy systems, the TSE4ALLM project is also seeking to educate individuals, the public sector and private sectors on the benefits of renewable energy with regards to climate change.
In light of this, information about climate change training modules designed by ClimateScience are being shared with different TSE4ALLM project stakeholders including government agencies, higher education institutions, SMEs, RE technology providers, partner organizations and their target groups, among others, through selected channels. 
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNIDO  through the TSE4ALLM project made an open call to Mozambican entities, organizations, companies and consortiums of companies for joint the implementation of several investment projects that involve the development of renewable energy systems of up to 20 kW of installed capacity (for solar systems) and up to 50m3 of biogas production (for biomass systems). 
The call was linked to technology demonstration for Small and Medium size Renewable Energy Projects in the areas of; conservation and agro-processing, solar water pumping and irrigation, and waste to energy. The grant will cover 50% of the total investment and selected project beneficiaries will be required to co-finance the remaining 50% in cash or in kind. Proposals submitted consisted of a single project on one site or a bundle of projects from different sites for as long as the overall conditions in terms of average level of ratio of capital cost to installed capacity is generally observed.