Mozambique Hunger AlertPosted by: admin | Posted on: July 31, 2008
Some 650,000 people in southern and central Mozambique require emergency food assistance. However, this figure may yet rise substantially in the coming months, following the WFP/FAO Food and Crop Supply Assessment mission.
Due to insufficient rains, it is very likely that this year’s harvest will be even worse than last year’s throughout the southern region and in parts of the central region.
The government’s contingency plan for natural disasters estimated that the number of people who could be affected by the drought throughout the country could reach as high as 1.5 million.
For thousands of households, this will be their second – or in some cases third – successive year of shortages. Many of these families will have already exhausted their normal coping mechanisms.
Without food aid, the most vulnerable people may be forced to resort to more extreme measures – pulling their children out of school, selling assets, migration – all of which have negative long-term consequences.