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

In July, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) conducted a rapid food security assessment in parts of Manica, Sofala, and Tete provinces. In Sofala’s Caia, Chemba, and Maringue districts, the assessment found that long dry spells in early 2017 had resulted in widespread crop losses. As a result, while most populations in Mozambique were experiencing Minimal—IPC 1—levels of food insecurity by late August, vulnerable households in Caia, Chemba, and Maringue were facing Stressed—IPC 2—levels of food insecurity. In addition, FEWS NET anticipates that food insecurity for vulnerable households in the three districts could deteriorate to Crisis—IPC 3—levels between October and January.

USAID/OFDA contributed nearly $4.8 million in FY 2017 to address drought-related agriculture and food security needs in Mozambique and provide protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions following Tropical Cyclone Dineo in early 2017.

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: October 20, 2017

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