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USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA) is responding to a regional drought in Southern Africa, including in Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe.

Preliminary estimates project the May harvest in Mozambique will exceed the five-year average, according to the Government of the Republic of Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The increase in food availability and declining staple food prices are improving household food access. As a result, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warnings System Network reports that populations previously experiencing Crisis levels of acute food insecurity have improved to Stressed levels and could face Minimal-level food insecurity by June. However, some vulnerable households—particularly poor populations in areas affected by Cyclone Dineo in February or localized flooding in recent months—may continue to face Crisis-level food insecurity.

During March, the UN World Food Program (WFP) reached nearly 549,000 people with food distributions and food-for-asset activities. As food security conditions improve in Mozambique, WFP reports plans to reduce food assistance through June and then halt El Niño response efforts at the end of the month, with continued monitoring of conditions over the coming months.

With approximately $90,000 in FY 2017 funding, USAID’s Office of Food for Peace is supporting the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to continue nutrition interventions, including treatment for acutely malnourished children and training for health care workers in nutrition treatment and information management. Between January and March, UNICEF supported nutrition screening for more than 276,000 children, 19,000 of whom required treatment for severe acute malnutrition.

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) recently provided nearly $1.9 million to CARE in Mozambique to support agriculture, food security, and protection interventions to drought-affected communities in Mozambique’s Inhambane, Tete, and Zambezia. USAID/OFDA-supported activities include the provision of livestock services, seeds, and vouchers for livelihood inputs. CARE will also support the development of community groups to prevent and respond to instances of gender-based violence, which have increased due to drought-related stresses.

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: June 07, 2017

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