According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), nearly 1.9 million Mozambicans are estimated to experience high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC 3+) during the current lean season (November 2021 to March 2022) and are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance – including approximately 40,000 people in emergency (IPC 4). Out of these, 1.32 million people are living in the Provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, Nampula and Zambezia which are hosting a high concentration of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Key drivers of the food insecurity are armed conflict in Cabo Delgado, erratic rainfall, the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on livelihoods. Insecurity in Cabo Delgado has displaced roughly 750,000 people according to UN data.
A new Humanitarian Response Plan is under preparation identifying continued humanitarian needs, especially in the northern provinces affected by the conflict.
In 2021, DG ECHO has allocated more than EUR 17 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Mozambique, with a focus on Cabo Delgado. Roughly half of this budget is used to respond to the food and nutrition needs of the most vulnerable.