WFP Mozambique Situation Report #4, 17 March 2017
· WFP has scaled up its El Niño response, reaching 748,925 food insecure people in February.
· A Budget Revision to extend WFP’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200355 by a further three months from April to June 2017 is currently underway.
· WFP plans to respond to Cyclone Dineo in Inhambane province targeting 50,000 people over the next three months and is seeking donor funding to cover borrowed stocks.
· 2.1 million people acutely food insecure
· 748,925 people reached in February
· 661,988 people reached under FFA/GFD
· 6,345 FFA beneficiaries received food vouchers
· 82,283 children reached with school meals
· 4,654 received nutrition rehabilitation support
Food for Assets and General Food Distributions (FFA/GFD):
Despite challenges to access hard-to-reach areas cut off by flooding and water-logging as well as breaks in food pipeline due to reinfestation of commodities, WFP completed the February distribution cycle for the 36 targeted districts across 7 provinces. WFP managed to assist a total 661,988 people reached during the February distribution cycle with unconditional transfers and Food for Assets.
As part of the emergency drought response activities, WFP through a partnership with World Vision provided commodity vouchers to 6,345 FFA beneficiaries in Cahora Bassa and Changara districts, in Tete province. Beneficiaries are redeeming the commodity vouchers for maize meal, beans, rice, oil, sugar and salt at nearby participating retail outlets.
The adoption of commodity vouchers has increased transfer options for WFP and will be useful as a contingency planning measure should markets be further stretched in future.