WFP Mozambique country brief, March 2022 – Mozambique

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In numbers

1,367,073 people assisted in March 2022

7,168 tonnes of food aid delivered

5.7 million USD in cash transfers made

Net funding requirements of $157 million over six months (April to September 2022)

emergency response

Displacement crisis in northern Mozambique

  • WFP provided lifesaving food assistance to 940,420 people in northern Mozambique in March 2022. Distribution of full rations – equivalent to 78 percent of daily kcal – resumed in January 2022, after 6 months of half-ration distributions. rations due to limited resources. WFP plans to assist 928,345 people with lifesaving food aid in northern Mozambique in the coming month.

  • Due to funding constraints and growing needs, WFP will again be forced to reduce distributions to half rations from April 2022, as was the case in the second half of 2021, and until new funding is confirmed.

  • To ensure that WFP reaches the most vulnerable people in northern Mozambique, WFP is conducting a vulnerability-based targeting exercise to prioritize assistance delivery based on vulnerability rather than status. displacement in the context of limited resources. WFP wants to ensure that food aid reaches those who need it most while alleviating protection concerns and improving the transparency of humanitarian assistance.

  • To create livelihoods in Cabo Delgado, WFP is supporting 44,000 people with agricultural kits for the main planting season in 5 districts.

  • WFP requires US$17.3 million per month to support operations in northern Mozambique. If additional funds are not received in a timely manner, a full pipeline shutdown is scheduled for June 2022.

Tropical Cyclone Gombe

  • Severe Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall in central Nampula on March 11. A total of 736,015 people have been affected as of 27 March in Nampula, Zambezia and Tete provinces, with a total of 63 confirmed deaths and 22,256 people displaced. WFP is supporting government needs by providing 30-day return ration kits to 2,775 displaced households in Nampula. In Zambezi, WFP assisted 1,752 households in temporary transit centers and an additional 400 households with 30-day return ration kits. In addition, between May and July 2022, the recovery phase will cover approximately 43,000 people who will receive 3 months of recovery food assistance supplemented by seed vouchers to revive their livelihoods in Nampula, Zambezia and Tete.

Social protection

  • WFP continues to support national institutions (in particular the National Institute for Social Action – INAS and the National Institute for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction – INGD) in the use of social protection programs to respond to natural shocks and seasonal food insecurity, building long-term resilience.

School feeding

  • In the provinces of Nampula and Tete, 77,000 children received school meals prepared with fresh local produce.

  • In the north of the country, 68,000 children received dry take-home rations to support schoolchildren from displaced and host communities, particularly in the districts of Meconta, Pemba, Montepuez and Ancuabe.

  • WFP and MINEDH (Ministério da Educação e Desenvolvimento Humano) organized a workshop to capitalize on lessons learned from the emergency school feeding program funded by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) which opened the doors to integration of school feeding as an emergency response mechanism within the framework of the national school feeding programme.

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