Mozambique mVAM Bulletin #7: February 2017 - Basic food prices decreased due to green harvest consumption

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2017

Key points:

Maize grain in Tete is cheaper than last year

Maize meal is most expensive in Doa and Magoe districts

Rice prices remain stable in Sofala and Manica

Low availability of cowpeas in all surveyed districts

In some parts of Gaza the green harvest has been hindered by heavy rains

Food Security Outlook

Economic crises coupled with food price increases and the effects of cyclone Dineo in Inhambane province are likely to lead to some food insecurity. This may lead to emergency coping strategies among poor households and might expose them to future shocks. This means households that are not receiving food assistance are likely to engage in unsustainable livelihoods and coping strategies (source: FEWS NET). The successful implementation of in-kind and cash-based transfers will serve as a buffer to many households and close the hunger gap until the March/April 2017 harvest.
Nevertheless, households that managed to harvest their crop on time are likely to reduce their hunger gap through the consumption of the green harvest.