FAO is urgently seeking USD 7 million to help flood-affected families in Mozambique who have lost all or part of their crops and livestock to quickly resume food production and enhance their resilience to future shocks. Resources are urgently needed to assist 44 000 farming families to restart their livelihoods. A failure to provide adequate, quality inputs in time will worsen food insecurity in the flood-affected areas. FAO will continue to liaise with the National Institute for Disaster Management, which is coordinating the flood response, as well as with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, particularly in carrying out more in-depth assessments as flood waters begin to recede. As colead with the World Food Programme of the Food Security Cluster, FAO will make every effort to coordinate agricultural input distribution with food assistance to allow people to recover from the floods, resume their agricultural activities and survive the lean season.
Provision of emergency livelihood kits (seeds, tools, livestock, irrigation equipment)
Some 44 000 flood-hit farming families in Zambezia, Nampula, Sofala and Tete Provinces will be provided with a basic agricultural kit adapted to their preferences, maturity period, as well as to the local agro-ecological conditions. The kits will contain a mixture of crop, vegetable and pulse seeds, tools, basic irrigation infrastructure and/or livestock, depending on the area and farmers’ main livelihood activities. Training on improved production practices
Farmers receiving the kits will benefit from training on improved agricultural practices and climate-smart production, along with technical support at the community level. FAO, in collaboration with local partners and district agriculture services, will ensure that farmers learn more about adapted and resistant crops and short-cycle varieties, crop and livelihood diversification. Capacity development will ontribute to strengthening farmers’ ability to prepare for, respond to and cope with future natural disasters. FAO is already preparing to provide assistance to 6 700 households with the Organization’s own resources under the Technical Cooperation Programme, and 4 300 households with funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. The selection of beneficiaries will be a challenge given the small percentage of affected farmers that can be reached with these interventions. A total of 133.5 tonnes of seeds, including maize, cowpeas and vegetables, as well as 22 000 hoes, are being procured. Additional funds are crucial to extend the support to more vulnerable farmers and ensure their food security.