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Ongoing humanitarian assistance still below the needs

  • Key Message Update
  • Mozambique
  • November 2016
Ongoing humanitarian assistance still below the needs

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • FEWS NET still projects that nearly 1.8 million people are currently facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes, requiring urgent humanitarian assistance. A smaller number of worst-affected households, especially in the conflict areas, are likely in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). The Mozambique Vulnerability Assessment Committee, SETSAN/GAV, is conducting a national food security assessment, along with FEWS NET and other partners, and the results, available in mid-December, will update needs estimates through the next harvest in March 2017.

    • The scale of humanitarian assistance has grown since October, from covering less than 50 percent of total needs, to now currently meeting approximately 66 percent, and is being carried out in all seven drought-affected provinces. However, this only reflects plans for November, and there is no assurance that the required level of assistance through the peak of the lean season will be adequate and timely to alter FEWS NET’s projected outcomes. In addition, there is growing concern that the political-military conflict is constraining efforts to reach those in need in parts of Sofala, Manica, Tete, and Zambézia provinces. 

    • Food access continues to be constrained due to the extremely high staple food prices, and this is projected to continue until the harvest in March 2017. Maize grain prices in October were significantly higher in almost every monitored market, approximately more than 150 percent above the five-year average and last year’s prices. Prices of substitutes, maize meal and rice, were not as high as maize, but they remained significantly above both the five-year average and last year’s prices.

    • Rainfall has begun, primarily in the South, which has already led to planting efforts. Some central areas have also received light rainfall, and planting is expected to begin here and in northern areas in mid-November through late December. However, seed availability countrywide remains a concern despite some distributions. Late October, localized storms caused some deaths and damage to infrastructure in Maputo Province, and the National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) is currently providing assistance to those affected.

    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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