In Angola, 1.4 million people in
urgent need of food assistance, according to an FAO/WFP joint
ROME, 1 July 2002 --In Angola, the
number of people in urgent need of food assistance is estimated
at 1.4 million, according to a joint report released today by
the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World
Food Programme (WFP).
WFP plans to assist
1.24 million people, including internally displaced persons with
insufficient or no access to land, the families of UNITA
soldiers, the vulnerable population in previously inaccessible
areas and refugees returning to Angola. The remaining needy
population needs to be supported by other humanitarian agencies.
Of the estimated 4 million people displaced
from their homes since 1998, around 2 million have been
allocated land and no longer depend on food assistance,
according to the report.
agreement signed in April between the UNITA and the Angolan
Government revealed the extent of suffering by people trapped in
rural areas by the conflict. Large numbers of malnourished
people have since made their way to reception and transit
centres and up to 500 000 are reported to be in a critical
Angola was spared
the drought which affected much of southern Africa in 2001/02,
although rains were late. The 2002 cereal harvest is estimated
slightly down on last year at 549 000 tons. Cassava production
is estimated at some 5 620 000 tons, 7 percent higher than last
Cereal import requirements for
2002/03 are estimated at 725 000 tons, of which 504 000 tons are
expected as commercial imports and 221 000 tons as emergency
food aid, according to the FAO/WFP report which was released
after a joint crop and food supply assessment mission visited
Angola from 15 May to 6 June 2002.