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31 Dec 2013 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amos Zacarias

NAMPULA, Mozambique , Dec 28 2013 (IPS) - Rodolfo Razão, an elderly small farmer in Mozambique, obtained an official land usage certificate for his 10 hectares in 2010, but he has only been able to use seven. The rest was occupied by a South African company that grows soy, maize and beans on some 10,000 hectares in the northeast of the country.

He got nowhere filing a complaint with the authorities in the district of Monapo, where he lives, in the province of Nampula. And at the age of 78, he can’t wait much longer.

19 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

As fighting erupts between government and rebel forces international pressure is needed to protect political and economic gains

Tomás Queface in Maputo

Guardian Professional, Monday 16 December 2013 12.50 GMT

In 2012, Mozambique appeared on the list of the 50 most peaceful countries in the world in a report published by UK organisation Global Peace Index.

Read the full article on Guardian

09 Dec 2013 description

Maize, rice, and beans are the most important food commodities. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with rice most often used as a substitute. Beans are important to all wealth groups. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region. Tete is representative for the province by the same name, Nampula is the main market in the north and is representative for the region, and has linkages with the interior of Zambezia and Nampula provinces and coastal Nampula.

30 Nov 2013 description

INTRODUCTION

Accommodation centres: are defined as safe places providing a temporary roof, water, food, clothes and health to several people and households before, during and after the occurrence of a disaster.

Properly managed, they can become safe places where displaced people can temporarily live with access to vital services and protection.

Depending on the number of affected people and available infrastructures, accommodation centres can be installed in:

26 Nov 2013 description

A Normal start of the 2013/14 rainy season

KEY MESSAGES

• Food security outcomes are Minimal (IPC Phase 1) for the majority of the rural households across the country, and food security conditions are expected to remain favorable through March 2014. However, if political and military incidents and instability continue in parts of Chibabava, Gorongosa, and Maringue districts in Sofala Province, this could increase the likelihood of acute food insecurity in the coming months.

26 Nov 2013 description

When Araújo Njambo, a small-scale maize farmer in Mozambique, first heard about conservation agriculture, he was not sure what to expect. He was used to the traditional way of farming that his family has used for generations: every year in October, he would clear a plot of land and burn all the remaining plant residue on top of the soil to get a clean seed bed for his crops.

21 Nov 2013 description
report IRIN

GORONGOSA, 21 November 2013 (IRIN) - The central Mozambique town of Gorongosa is living on the edge of bad memories. The threats by the Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo) to revive a civil war that killed up to a million people and displaced five million others is causing fear and suspicion among its residents.

14 Nov 2013 description

Maize, rice, and beans are the most important food commodities. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with rice most often used as a substitute. Beans are important to all wealth groups. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region. Tete is representative for the province by the same name, Nampula is the main market in the north and is representative for the region, and has linkages with the interior of Zambezia and Nampula provinces and coastal Nampula.

13 Nov 2013 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Mozambique’s mine action programme has evolved through various stages of strategic planning. Although the size and scope of the programme have made planning a challenging undertaking, planning structures have gradually been shaped to make the process more accurate and effective. As the first major mine action programme to be approaching completion of its obligations under the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC), Mozambique’s experience holds many lessons for other mine action programmes.

13 Nov 2013 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

• Planting in southern regions for the 2013/14 cropping season began in October

• Cereal production in 2013 increased by about 2 percent over the previous year’s level

• Maize prices rise more steeply in central and northern markets

• Overall food security situation is stable, with second season harvests in southern areas improving food availability

08 Nov 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Food prices increased on average by 2.3% from August to September; the Food Price Index show an increase in the North (6.2%) and to a lesser extent in the Centre (1.5%);

• In the North price of maize in September increased by 12%, while a decrease of 10% was observed in the South following the good harvest in Gaza province in July and August;

• Overall, the price of maize grain is still above 2012 price levels (+5%) and to the last 5-year average (+8.6%);

01 Nov 2013 description

KEY MESSAGES

• As the lean season (October to March) sets in, the majority of rural households across the country are currently facing Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1). The overall favorable food security conditions are due largely to existing food stocks from the main 2012/13 cropping season, the availability of diversified food crops from the second season, and adequately supplied markets.

31 Oct 2013 description

1.1 SITUATION REVIEW In early 2013, severe seasonal flooding hit southern Mozambique and caused widespread damage to infrastructure, while displacing segments of the population. In the lower Limpopo river basin flooding caused damage to road infrastructure and interrupted regular supply routes. Camps were set up to support displaced populations and relief items were moved into the affected areas. An estimated 150,000 people were initially thought to have been displaced with the number expected to rise as the rainy season continued over the course of the operation.

22 Oct 2013 description

Secretary-General SG/SM/15418 AFR/2729

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is concerned by the recent escalation of violence in Mozambique between Government forces and members of the Mozambican National Resistance.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from any act that can threaten the peace and stability that has prevailed during the past 21 years, since the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords.

16 Oct 2013 description

Maize, rice, and beans are the most important food commodities. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with rice most often used as a substitute. Beans are important to all wealth groups. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region. Tete is representative for the province by the same name, Nampula is the main market in the north and is representative for the region, and has linkages with the interior of Zambezia and Nampula provinces and coastal Nampula.

16 Oct 2013 description
report UN Children's Fund

“Society and families must accept and facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities”

Maputo, 15 October 2013 - Without a change in attitudes, little improvement will occur in the lives of Mozambican children with disabilities. Ignorance about the nature and causes of disability, denial of the existence of children with disabilities, the negative attitude that underestimates their potential and their capabilities, and other barriers to equal opportunity and treatment conspire to silence and marginalize children with disabilities.

15 Oct 2013 description

Period covered by this update: 20 August 2013 to 14 October, 2013

Appeal Target (current): CHF 2,044,428

Appeal coverage: 75%

Appeal history:

 A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 1 February for CHF 662,337 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries over 6 months

 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 300,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support CVM in its initial rapid response.