Mozambique

FEWS Mozambique Food Security Update 30 Sep 2003 - Shortfall in food aid pipeline continues

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The Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) is increasing its monitoring of food insecurity during the critical lean season from October-March. This period, characterized even in normal years by reduced availability of food and water, increasing food prices and high demand for labor, may be especially difficult after two years of drought. The VAC will provide an update of its July food security and nutrition assessment, which found 659,000 people to be extremely food insecure and 256,000 people 'at-risk' of food insecurity.

The amount of food distributed in August was still below the needs assessed by the VAC. The problem is especially acute in Gaza Province, where August distributions met less than 40 percent of the assessed needs. Food supply delays, logistical problems due to poor access and implementing partner capacity are blamed for the poor coverage of needs in Gaza.

WFP supplied emergency food aid to 523,000 people in August, approximately 80 percent of the VAC identified needs. WFP cannot currently target any additional beneficiaries, given the lack of food aid in the pipeline.

The results of SARCOF (Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum) show that in the first half of the season (October-December), the Northern region (Niassa, Cabo Delgado, Nampula and much of Zambézia provinces) is expected to receive near-normal rainfall with a slight tendency toward below normal. The central region (Tete, Manica, Sofala and southern Zambezia provinces) and the southern region (Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo provinces) are likely to receive normal rainfall with a tendency to above normal.

For the second half of the season (January-March), there is a likelihood of above normal rainfall with tendency to normal for the northern region including Zambézia Province. Normal rainfall is expected to occur in central and southern region with some tendency to above normal in the central region.

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