WFP Mozambique Country Brief, September 2019

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2019 View Original

In Numbers

6,200 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 1.9 m in cash-based transfers (GFD and FFA)

USD 72 million net funding requirements for the lean season (October 2019 – March 2020)

625,575 people received food assistance in September

Operational Updates

• In September, as part of the recovery phase of the emergency response,
WFP provided food assistance to 625,575 people in Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth-affected provinces, working closely with local authorities and humanitarian partners. WFP provided vulnerable households with inkind food assistance and vouchers to purchase commodities. During the relief phase of the emergency response from March to August, WFP supported 2.3 million people with life-saving food assistance in the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia, Tete, Cabo Delgado and Nampula.

• In September, WFP and the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) finalized data collection activities using drones in the Licungo Basin to produce an Atlas for Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response. The team mapped 158,427 Km2 and started a data analysis on 1 October 1.

• WFP is supporting the preparation of the SETSAN (Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition) post-harvest and lean season Food Security and Nutrition assessment that will take place between October and November 2019.

• The report of the Crop and Food Security Assessment mission (CFSAM), jointly conducted by WFP and FAO, was released in September. According to CFSAM findings, the 2019 cereal production is estimated at 2.8 million metric tons, about 16 percent lower than 2018, due to the cyclone-induced crop losses. Considering the extensive crop losses and damage to agricultural livelihoods, it is expected that a substantial proportion of households will continue to depend on food assistance and rely on negative coping strategies in the absence of assistance until the 2020 harvest season.

Post-Cyclone Recovery

• WFP’s recovery and reconstruction activities began in August 2019. From August to October 2019, WFP aims to assist 400,000 beneficiaries in Sofala, 100,000 in Manica and 67,000 in Cabo Delgado through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) activities. The most vulnerable groups, however, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north, will continue to receive unconditional food assistance. The main objectives of the intervention are to meet the immediate food needs of targeted populations, while supporting the creation and rehabilitation of community assets. These interventions aim to enable recovery of affected communities while reducing household vulnerability to shocks, which in turn will contribute to future resiliencestrengthening efforts.

• WFP will deliver value vouchers, commodity vouchers and in-kind assistance during the recovery phase. From November, the scale of recovery interventions will be increased and extended to cover Tete and Zambezia provinces, in order to meet immediate food needs of populations until the next harvest season in March 2020. According to the IPC findings of July 2019, 1.9 million people are at risk of food insecurity during the lean season, until March 2020. During the second phase of the recovery operation (November 2019 to March 2020), WFP plans to assist 1 million people.

Drought Response

• WFP aims to implement a drought-focused FFA programme from November to March. The programme will be implemented in the three southern provinces of Mozambique (Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane) to cover the immediate food needs of drought-affected communities, while supporting the creation and rehabilitation of community assets. As part of this programme, WFP plans to assist a total of 225,000 food insecure people.