Mozambique

WFP Mozambique Situation Report #1, 6 June 2016

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Highlights

  • A 90 day red alert was declared by the Government on 12 April as a result of the severe drought.

  • At least 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure and in need of assistance in southern and central areas of the country.

  • Education authorities are already reporting an alarming surge of drop out in most drought affected areas.

Situation Update

  • The harsh El Niño induced drought that hit Mozambique resulted in the deterioration of food security conditions in the country and is expected to affect crops planted in late January 2016.

  • Immediate assistance has been provided to the most vulnerable populations since late 2015.

  • Results of an assessment carried out by the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) last March show that at least 1,5 million people are affected by the drought in central (Zambezia, Manica, Sofala and Tete) and southern (Gaza, Inhambane and Maputo) provinces of the country.

  • Staple food prices have increased by 100% and few households still have cereal reserves for consumption.

  • Between November 2015 and March 2016, there was a sharp reduction in the quality of the diet.

  • In view of this alarming situation, and under the overall coordination of the government, humanitarian actors in the country plan to provide assistance to the affected population until the next harvest in early 2017.

  • The Humanitarian Country Team has prepared a Strategic Response Plan in order to address the increased needs reported by the government in April.

  • The Government of Mozambique activated on 12 April a 90 day red alert and committed to allocate approximately USD 6.7 million from its contingency plan to the drought emergency response.

  • The Government also reiterated its request to partners to immediately support the provision of assistance to the affected population.

  • SETSAN will conduct a new food security and nutrition assessment in June and results are expected in late July