Mozambique, in southern Africa along the Indian Ocean, gained its independence in 1975 to sink into an incredibly bloody and devastating civil war that only ended in 1994 with the organization of the first free elections in the country’s history.
Today Mozambique remains among the poorest countries of the world with high levels of HIV infection (15% of the population), devastating droughts, very low literacy rates and devastating infrastructure.
Yet the country is experiencing strong economic growth (nearly 8% per year) and is renowned for its good governance and efforts to improve people’s living conditions. Its natural heritage is one of the finest and best preserved of the world. Mozambique is now discovering the advantages of fair and sustainable trade, supporting pillars for sustainable economic and social harmony, respecting nature, women and men.