Mozambique

WFP Mozambique Country Brief, June 2020

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Situation Report
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In Numbers

356,578 people assisted in June 2020

1,395.5 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 519,696 cash-based transfers made

US$139 m six months (July-December 2020) net funding requirements, representing 29 % of total

Operational Updates

• In June, WFP provided food assistance to 112,728 conflict-affected internally displaced persons (IDP) in Cabo Delgado and 8,030 in Nampula, in collaboration with local authorities and humanitarian partners. Additionally, WFP provided food assistance to 33,030 vulnerable persons in Sofala and 12,755 people in Manica.

• Considering the escalation of conflict in Cabo Delgado and the anticipated increase in the number of displaced persons, WFP plans to increase assistance to conflict-affected IDPs to reach 200,000 persons, as well as assist 100,000 persons of the host communities hosting displaced persons.

• In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, WFP Mozambique is working on a comprehensive strategy to address the secondary shock of COVID-19 to the food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations across the country. Additionally, the Operation Service Unit collaborated with Programme and Partnership Units to redesign the procedures for food distributions to achieve safety conditions for interaction with beneficiaries and minimization of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and disinfectant usage, enabling a sustainable procurement strategy to avoid draining the market of essential health products.

Challenges

• Despite access challenges due to insecurity in Cabo Delgado Province, and WFP food and property being lost in attacks in Macomia and Mocímboa da Praia Districts on 11 June and 27 June respectively, WFP continues to strive towards reaching all conflictaffected IDPs in Mozambique. As such, WFP Mozambique is finalising an access strategy to reach IDPs in currently inaccessible districts.

• WFP currently has 3,482 metric tons (mt) of food in-country, and 6,967 mt in the process of being supplied for its operation to assist up to 200,000 conflict-affected IDPs in Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa provinces, in addition to an estimated 100,000 people from host communities. This stock is sufficient only until September 2020. The current funding shortfall to address these needs until the end of December 2020 is USD 7.9 million and to cover food requirements until the end of March 2021, WFP’s funding shortfall stands at USD 18.7 million.

• With the additional pressure exerted on host communities who are also struggling to meet their basic food needs, there is a need to assist some host communities. WFP has integrated the provision of assistance to some 100,000 people from host communities into its planning. Furthermore, if the conflict worsens by March 2021, WFP will need additional resources, and may divert funds from other programmes as a last resort.

• COVID-19 is compounding the already fragile humanitarian context in Mozambique. In view of the upcoming 2020/2021 lean season when most vulnerable households will be at risk of food insecurity, WFP’s overall funding requirements stand at USD 139 million. Donor contributions are urgently required to fill these critical resourcing gaps for a timely humanitarian response.