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From June–September 2016, vulnerable households in drought-affected areas of central and southern Mozambique are likely to continue experiencing Crisis and Stressed levels of food insecurity, requiring humanitarian assistance to meet food consumption gaps and protect livelihoods, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports. Diminished agricultural production, persistently high food prices, and limited income-generating opportunities are likely to constrain households’ access to food throughout the period, prompting the October-to-February lean season to begin as early as August.

FEWS NET anticipates that households will increasingly expand livelihood coping strategies—such as an intensification of informal income-earning activities and reduced expenditures on non-food items—to meet basic food needs from October 2016 to January 2017. The population experiencing Stressed levels of food insecurity will increase as the lean season progresses, and some households’ food conditions will likely deteriorate from Stressed to Crisis levels of food insecurity. Vulnerable households in the most acutely affected areas could experience Emergency—IPC 4—conditions during the period.

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance recently provided $1 million to World Vision to support agriculture and WASH activities in Mozambique’s Gaza and Tete provinces. World Vision plans to provide farmers with seeds and training on drought-resistant agricultural techniques, as well as rehabilitate community water points to increase access to water among drought-affected households.

With $18.4 million in new assistance, USAID's Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) is supporting partners to provide food assistance to vulnerable households. USAID/FFP funding includes U.S. in-kind food assistance—valued at $17.8 million—through partners the UN World Food Program and World Vision, as well as $643,700 in ready-to-use therapeutic food through UNICEF.

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. In response to recent disasters in Mozambique, USAID/OFDA has provided agricultural supplies; shelter support; and emergency relief commodities, including blankets, kitchen sets, and water treatment materials. USAID/OFDA also focuses on disaster risk reduction programs that build the capacity of communities to respond to future shocks through activities such as promoting conservation agricultural practices and establishing disaster management committees.

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Last updated: July 27, 2016

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