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USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to disasters in Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports that vulnerable communities in parts of Manica, Sofala, and Tete provinces will likely face Stressed—IPC 2—levels of food insecurity through at least April. As the October-to-February lean season progresses, food security among poor households in northwestern Sofala is expected to deteriorate to Crisis—IPC 3—levels until harvests commence in mid-April, with humanitarian assistance required to address gaps in food availability. Across other parts of Mozambique, FEWS NET anticipates that most populations will experience Minimal—IPC 1—levels of food insecurity through May due to above-average crop production during the 2016/2017 agricultural season.

The Government of Mozambique Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA) reports the presence of fall armyworm in Inhambane and Sofala provinces. However, the infestations had not had a significant impact on the provinces’ crops as of December 2017, according to MASA.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)  is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa. Please visit our webpage for additional information.


Mozambique experiences recurrent droughts, floods, and tropical storms. USAID/OFDA responds to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by disasters, while continuing to support disaster risk reduction (DRR) programs that build the capacity of communities to respond to future shocks. Examples of USAID/OFDA DRR activities include promoting conservation agricultural practices and establishing disaster management committees.

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Last updated: August 03, 2018

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