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Mozambique | Emergency agriculture livelihoods support for displaced people and host communities in the Province of Cabo Delgado

Feb 2022

The humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique has rapidly deteriorated because of conflict in Cabo Delgado, leading to significant displacement, disruption of livelihoods and a lack of access to basic services. The violence continues to escalate, with reports of attacks by non-state armed groups expanding geographically with increased intensity. While violence was previously confined to smaller villages, reports indicate that attacks on district capitals continue to increase, leading to larger displacement flows. 

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) took part in the Palma rapid assessment mission on 1 December 2021, joining a team comprised of nine representatives of various UN agencies (including FAO, IOM, OCHA, UNDSS and UNHCR). The findings indicate that most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) in the camps visited are from Mocimboa da Praia. The Maganja II camp hosts about 6 783 people, most of whom are fishers. Usually, the men fish in their canoes/boats and the women hand-pick shellfish when the tide is low. Due to poor quality and/or a lack of fishing gear, mosquito nets were used as fishing gear in several cases. The government is allocating agricultural land to IDPs in relocation sites, providing an opportunity for them to produce their own food. However, there is an overall lack of access to agricultural inputs and good quality seeds, with IDPs with farmland also indicating a lack of agricultural inputs and tools.

FAO has established internal resources of about USD 500 000 earmarked to support 1 000 households in Palma, 1 000 in Chiure and 1 000 in Balama with agricultural inputs and tools.

Author: FAO

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