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Mozambique food security update

Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)

November 2005

SARPN acknowledges the FEWSNET website as the source of this document - www.fews.net
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Contents:

  • Summary and implications
  • Current hazards
  • Food security summary
  • Prices in selected markets
  • Seasonal update
Summary and implications

Because of the very limited water availability, poor second season crop production, resource constraints for food aid, high food prices, and exhausted coping strategies, food security conditions have deteriorated in much of southern and central Mozambique and in parts of northern Mozambique. There are 801,000 people in need of food assistance through March 2006. According to a recent Ministry of Health nutrition assessment, about 4.7 percent of children under five suffer from acute malnutrition, revealing an alarming condition in Mozambique. To prevent further deterioration of food security and an increased demand for costly interventions, additional resources must urgently be mobilized. WFP is currently only able to feed about 30 percent of the population in need. Meanwhile, with a high probability of a good start of the rainy season, input support is needed in drought affected districts to assist household recovery from the last poor season.



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