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Ongoing food assistance still below the needs

  • Key Message Update
  • Mozambique
  • May 2016
Ongoing food assistance still below the needs

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  • Key Messages
    • The main harvest has started in much of the north and parts of the central region where crop production has succeeded, improving food availability and access for the majority of households. However, in the south, almost all planted crops for the main season were lost due to the El Niño-related drought. Rains in mid-March and relatively low temperatures have allowed for some second season planting in parts of the southern and central regions. 

    • While the results from the May IPC Acute Analysis are not available, the official number of those in need remains at 1.5 million people, as estimated by the March Vulnerability Assessment Group of the Technical Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN/GAV) assessment. FEWS NET analysis provides a breakdown in severity with estimates of 755,000 people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), while 740,000 people are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). The number of food insecure people is expected to increase during the peak of the lean season from October 2016 to March 2017.

    • Staple prices remain mixed across the country. In the north, the increasing availability of recently harvested maize grain has lowered prices by 36 percent on average from March to April, followed by a 13 percent decrease in the central region. However, maize grain prices have increased by 13 percent during the same period in the south. In April, the average price for maize grain in major markets monitored was 136 percent above the five-year average. Prices of substitute staples, maize meal and rice, were up compared to the five-year average in markets monitored, by 33 percent and 28 percent, respectively.

    • According to information from the Council of Ministers, the Government of Mozambique, in partnership with the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), will provide food assistance to 460,000 people in May. This represents about 61 percent of those in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), who require urgent food assistance. The HCT is committed to continuing fund mobilization efforts to respond during the peak of food insecurity, which will be from October 2016 to March 2017.

    For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for February – September 2016.

    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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