Mozambique Food Security Outlook Update - April 2014 to September 2014

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 01 May 2014 View Original

Household food availability improves and food security is expected to remain stable until September

Key Messages

  • Currently, the majority of rural households throughout the country are able to meet their basic food requirements through own production and are experiencing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1). Exceptions include localized areas that were adversely affected by this year’s heavy rainfall and flooding and that are now receiving emergency assistance.

  • There are improvements in access to food through markets as staple food prices decline following the seasonal trend. Generally staple maize prices are close to the five-year average, except in Nampula where prices are 48 percent above average, but have been declining since early 2014.

  • Acute food insecurity will remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) from April to June. Households will be able to meet their food needs owing to increased food availability from the 2013/14 main harvest and lower food prices.

  • In the second half of the scenario period (July to September), Minimal outcomes will continue as households have access to food stocks from the main season, begin to access second season harvests, and make local market purchases.