Mozambique - Situation report October 2019

Mozambique - Situation report October 2019
Oct 2019

Key messages

  • Six months after Cyclone Idai ripped into central Mozambique, and almost five months after Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern provinces, the country is still dealing with the devastating consequences of these two major disasters.
  • An estimated 1.6 million people are currently severely food insecure, and 67 000 children acutely malnourished, according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis released in July, a number that could rise dramatically without sustained assistance and resilience initiatives. The situation is expected to deteriorate in the coming months and 2 million people could face crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4) at the peak of the lean season (October 2019 – March 2020).
  • Conditions are especially concerning now as the region enters the rainy and cyclone season (October-April) in a precarious situation. FAO continues to deliver agricultural inputs to restore production capacities and ease immediate food and nutrition needs.
  • In the scope of recovery, FAO is adjusting ongoing projects to support cyclone-affected households and ensure functioning markets as well as environmental and economic sustainability. The proposed FAO recovery projects under the Disaster Response Framework aims to reduce the vulnerability of farmers and fishers to future shocks. The humanitarian community must act together to ensure that rural and semi-rural populations are protected from falling into worse levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in the near future.