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Fews Network: “Difficulties Persist in Feeding War, Cyclone and Drought Zones in Mozambique”

Fews Network: “Difficulties Persist in Feeding War, Cyclone and Drought Zones in Mozambique”

The Mozambican areas affected by war in the north and by natural disasters in the center and south are those facing the greatest difficulties in accessing food, according to the latest humanitarian surveillance report, released by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fews network).

“In October, food insecurity was minimal for most rural households in Mozambique, thanks to their food reserves and some purchases,” the document advances, adding that “there are areas where the situation is different.”

“In drought-affected areas in southern and central Mozambique, in cyclone-affected areas in Nampula province, and in Cabo Delgado, where there are conflicts, crisis situations persist as food reserves are depleted after a significantly below-average harvest,” the document details.

“However, due to the lack of funds, a scenario of rationing is maintained, with the aid distributed corresponding to only 40% of the daily needs of each beneficiary.”

The report reveals that to address the situation the World Food Programme (WFP) began in October to provide humanitarian food assistance to more than 22,500 people in the drought-affected regions of Gaza, Inhambane, Manica and Sofala provinces.

“This aid is in addition to that already being provided in the North, by various partners, to about one million people affected by the armed insurgency. However, due to the lack of funds, a scenario of rationing continues, with the aid distributed corresponding to only 40% of the daily needs of each beneficiary,” it adds.

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However, the report predicts that the food situation for families in crisis will improve in the coming months.

“With a forecast of a regular rainy season, acute food insecurity could decrease to a situation of minimal insecurity as families access the new harvests in March and April 2023,” it concludes.

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