Livelihoods assistance to displaced people and host communities in Cabo Delgado - Mozambique

Livelihoods assistance to displaced people and host communities in Cabo Delgado - Mozambique
Apr 2021

Ongoing violence in Cabo Delgado has deteriorated the food insecurity situation in northern Mozambique that has disrupted the livelihoods of more than half a million people, who have had to leave behind almost all of their possessions, including crops and livestock assets. Local authorities estimate that the conflict has resulted in a 30 percent drop in production compared with the previous agricultural season. Moreover, Cabo Delgado is now the province with the largest population in Crisis and Emergency levels of high acute food insecurity (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification [IPC] Phases 3 and 4) according to the last IPC. It is estimated that families with high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or worse) will rise from 0.58 million in December 2020 to 0.77 million in the period April–September 2021. The violence has escalated since January 2020 with reports of attacks by non-state armed groups expanding geographically with increased intensity. Between December 2020 and January 2021, FAO reached more than 14 000 families, using electronic cards to provide each family with access to credit to buy cereal and vegetable seeds and farming tools, guaranteeing that affected people can produce their own food and thus reducing their dependency. In recognition of the risk of worsening food insecurity and malnutrition, FAO is intensifying its efforts to support displaced people in accommodation centres in northern Mozambique by providing agricultural inputs (seeds, tools, etc.) to help them in recovering their livelihoods as well as to host communities as resources become even more limited. The emergency programme is funded by the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

 

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Author: FAO