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Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes persist depsite near average second season production

  • Key Message Update
  • Mozambique
  • July 2019
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes persist depsite near average second season production

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes persist across most of the country. In June, food assistance covered nearly 1.6 million people with many households experiencing No Acute Food Insecurity! (IPC Phase 1!) or Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) in central and northern cyclone affected areas; however, it is expected that there are still households not receiving assistance at all or are receiving very small amounts of food assistance. As a result, it is expected Crisis (IPC Phase 3) area level outcomes are present.

    • Humanitarian food assistance distributions are expected to be adjusted in July/August based on available funds. According to WFP, as of early July, current funding levels cover roughly 50 and 5 percent of the plan in cyclone and drought affected areas, respectively. As the lean season approaches humanitarian assistance is needed to protect livelihoods and reduce food consumption gaps.

    • Second season production in flood affected areas for horticulture crops is progressing well in flood affected areas. Second season vegetables are currently available for consumption and sale in local markets, improving food availability. As for cereals, particularly maize grain, the performance is poor due mostly to the infestation by fall armyworm (FAW). In drought affected areas, second season is well below average due to below average residual moisture.

    • Maize grain prices are mixed across monitored markets as the result of varied maize grain supply in markets. From May to June, prices decreased in Chókwe, Maxixe, Beira, Chimoio and Pemba, though remaining above average and last year’s prices. On the other hand, maize grain prices have increased in Maputo, Gorongosa, Mocuba and Nampula. The largest variation occurred in Gorongosa and Mocuba where maize grain prices increased by 49 and 42 percent, respectively. Maize grain prices in June were above the 5-year average in all monitored markets. The significant rise in maize grain prices in some markets may reflect the negative impacts caused by this year´s shocks over crop production.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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