Location & Conditions
Bela Vista is located in the Maputo Province and the Matutuine District of Mozambique. The United Nations ranked Mozambique as one of the poorest nation in the world. The Matutuine District is considered to be the poorest district in the nation. This makes Bela Vista one of the poorest if not “the” poorest region of the world. According to the CIA World Fact Book the nation of Mozambique has a population of 23,515,934. The people of the nation of Mozambique only have a life expectancy of 52 years for the entire population due to the under developed and hostile conditions of the nation. Both The United Nations and USAID report the following statistics for the nation of Mozambique concerning orphans and parental deaths.
◦ 2,100,000 children have lost one or both of their parents due to death.
◦ 1,500,000 children are without fathers due to death.
◦ 980,000 children are without mothers due to death.
◦ 670,000 children have lost one or both of their parents due to AIDS.
◦ 390.000 children have lost both parents due to death.
◦ 130,000 children are HIV positive from birth.
Food Shortage, The Challenge, & The Solution
A large portion of the fish market in the nation of Mozambique is shipped in from the nation of China or imported from other nations on the continent such as Namibia and South Africa. In recent years the value of other nations fish imports have increased by 45% and Mozambique’s value of fish exports to other nations decreased in value by 41%. The nation of Mozambique as a whole is in need of a fish market stimulation to improve the economic condition of the nation. The price of bread has increased by 30% and other sources of food such as maize by 36%. Food prices today are higher than they have ever been. This further defines the necessity for the nation to farm their own food so they can have food security independent of other nations in the world. Mozambique is in need of food independence.
The inflated prices of international shipments make it difficult for the Mozambique people to receive quality food. Through Peixe Bela Vista, the population can receive high quality food without being dependent on the nations of China, Namibia, or South Africa. By farming fish in Mozambique the people will overcome inflated fish prices and secure good food for their families and communities across the nation and the rest of the world.
There is the old saying that “If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day but if you teach a man how to fish, he will eat for a lifetime.” This statement is true, however if you teach a people group how to multiply fish they will feed their nation and that nation will no longer be dependent on being fed by other nations in the world. The nation eventually feeds the world.
Peixe Bela Vista chose this location of the world because they knew they could succeed and the people of Bela Vista could succeed in feeding the world. Peixe Bela Vista decided to establish itself in this region of the world not because it was easy but because it was hard.