WFP Mozambique Country Brief, October 2020

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

822,689 people assisted in October 2020

2,766 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 2.5 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 98.6 m six months (November 2020 – April 2021) net funding requirements, representing 34.6% of total

Operational Updates

• Recent weeks have been marked by a continued increase in the sophistication and geographical reach of Non-State Armed Groups’ (NSAG) attacks in Cabo Delgado province leading to an increase in population displacements and humanitarian needs.

• Nearly 400,000 people fled are known to be displaced in Cabo Delgado out of which some have moved towards Nampula, Niassa and Zambezia provinces.

• As part of the October cycle, WFP assisted 309,645 conflict affected internally displaced persons (IDP) in Cabo Delgado, 31,100 in Nampula, and 595 in Niassa.

• As emergency response to the conflicts in Cabo Delgado, WFP is supporting the provincial health directorate (DPS) of Cabo Delgado on the screening, identification and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition cases in the communities and accommodation centres through mobile brigades in Ibo, Metuge and Pemba districts.

Social Protection

• WFP has been working with the Government, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Action (MGCAS), and with the National Institute of Social Action (INAS) to strengthen the role of social protection in assisting the most vulnerable people affected by natural disasters, COVID-19 and seasonal food insecurity.

• Under the leadership of the Government of Mozambique, and in cooperation with UNICEF, WFP has been implementing a COVID-19 response using national social protection programmes. This programme foresees supporting around 95,000 households with cash-based transfers (CBT) in Tete and Zambézia.

• As part of the Government’s response to Cyclone Idai, WFP is assisting around over 12,000 flood-affected households that were assisted with cash-based transfers in the province of Sofala.

School Feeding

• WFP finalised the third and final cycle of take-home rations (THR) distributions to 133,690 beneficiaries in Tete Province. The programme reaches students in 104 primary schools the districts of Cahora Bassa, Changara, Doa, Marara and Mutarara. In light of the increased vulnerabilities of the families imposed by COVID-19 restrictions and economic slowdown, the food baskets were reinforced to support other family members.

• In Nampula, 100,413 beneficiaries received take-home rations in the Districts of Malema, Nacala-a-Velha and Ribaue. This assistance is part of a five-years partnership WFP established with the company Nacala Logistics to expand school feeding in the province to 26 new schools. The baskets are directed at the students from these schools and their families as an adaptation to the closure of schools and will happen for two months.

• Secondary schools with minimum hygiene conditions reopened on 1 October and primary schools return to classes on 2 November, starting by the 7th grade. All other grades will continue remote learning until the start of the new school year in March 2021. WFP continues to work with the Ministry of Education to help prepare schools for reopening and the resumption of the National School Feeding Programme (PRONAE).

• WFP, along with other implementers of school feeding in Mozambique and the Ministry of Education and Human Development (MINEDH), met to discuss the sustainability of PRONAE through the creation of specific legislation and a budget line from the national budget. WFP will co-lead a task force created to coordinate these efforts.