WFP Mozambique Country Brief, February 2018

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 28 Feb 2018

Highlights

  • Unfavorable weather conditions, high temperatures, persistence of pest infestation, continued recovery from the 2015/2016 El Nino drought, are likely to have a negative impact on 2018 harvest and food security.

  • WFP food assistance programmes currently ongoing in central and southern provinces support many of the most vulnerable areas primarily through resilience programmes.

  • WFP launched its feedback and complaint mechanism with women operators in Gaza and Tete.

Operational Updates

  • Food security: Around 320,000 people will benefit from WFP food assistance and resilience programmes currently ongoing in the central and southern provinces, as well as in many of the most vulnerable areas classified as 3 (Sofala) and 2 (Sofala and Tete) on the Integrated Food Security Phase (IPC) scale.
    WFP is also supporting government-led assessments and complementing with more in-depth assessments in certain areas. In Nampula and Cabo Delgado, 40,000 people will receive flood recovery assistance.

  • Resilience Strategy: WFP provides food assistance for assets (FFA) support in line with government and SETSAN (Secretáriado Técnico de Segurança Alimentar e Nutricional) recommendations calling for interventions that address immediate access to food and at the same time create or rehabilitate community assets to restore and diversify assets that benefit communities and help address the root causes of food insecurity. Resource transfers are in the form of food or vouchers, with 12,825 beneficiaries receiving cash-based support in February. The Cash Working Group (CWG), chaired by WFP and World Vision, is planning a joint market assessment to take place in 18 districts.

  • Community mobilisation: WFP is running community mobilisation activities to generate demand for acute malnutrition rehabilitation services from the health system in Zambezia and Cabo Delgado provinces. The activity is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Health Provincial Directorates (DPS), district health authorities (SDSMAS), while complementing the Nutrition Rehabilitation programme, a new service in some of the covered districts.

  • Feedback and Complaint Mechanism (FCM): This system aims to listen and respond to the ideas and concerns of the people WFP assists. In February, two female FCM operators started their work in Tete and Gaza sub-offices to respond to feedback and complaints received locally. The FCM consists of a toll-free number, suggestion boxes at distribution sites, women only focus group discussions and post distribution surveys. The FCM will identify existing barriers for women, men, boys or girls accessing assistance.

  • Home-grown school feeding: Food distributions to children, funded by a debt-swap arrangement commenced with the school start in January, and trainings were conducted with concerned sectoral and school staff to ensure effective management of the activity.