WFP Mozambique Country Brief, October 2018


In Numbers

324 MT of food assistance distributed

US$ 240,072 in cash-based transfers

US$ 5.2 million net funding requirements for six months (November 2018 – April 2019) representing 64% of total needs

55,091 people assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP organized a practical training on advanced drone usage for emergency management targeting governmental disaster management offices of Mozambique (INGC) and Madagascar (BNGRC).
Participants carried out 30 hours of flight training using 20 drones on 10 different systems, including both fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones. Trainees also became familiar with concepts concerning national airspace, flight preparation and safe operations as well as data collection and mapping. The objective of the unmanned Aerial System (UAS) training was to assist BNGRC and INGC to effectively conduct preparedness operations and disaster management activities.

• WFP held a workshop with retailers and Farm Organizations to present WFP’s planned activities for the upcoming lean season wherein 120,000 beneficiaries will be assisted through cash and vouchers in Tete province.
The meeting considered the possibility of setting up shops in strategic locations across WFP supported areas in order to improve market accessibility for remote communities.

• On October 31, WFP organized a workshop on Food Security and Livelihoods under a changing climate to present and validate preliminary climate projections and possible vulnerability and adaptation measures focusing on livelihoods and food security. The Government of Mozambique, supported by WFP and the UK Met Office, have been working to update the country's climate projections and identify potential impacts on food security and livelihoods. This work is also intended to indicate adequate adaptation measures to inform planning and decision making in the country. This initiative builds on WFP's recent historical climate analysis, which consisted of historical trends in precipitation, temperature, and vegetation over the past 36 years.