WFP Mozambique Country Brief, February 2017

Highlights In February, Cyclone Dineo hit coastal Inhambane Province affecting nearly 551,000 people and destroying 27,000 hectares of crops. WFP scaled up its El Niño drought response. In February, WFP assisted 748,925 people, while working to enhance their resilience to climate shocks in the longer term. The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200355 is undergoing a budget revision to extend this project by three months from April to June 2017. Operational Updates WFP scaled up its El Niño drought response in February to assist 748,925 food insecure people. WFP’s lean season assistance typically runs until March/April when the green harvest is expected, however, given the severity of the food security situation, WFP has extended 2016/17 season’s assistance to June 2017 to reach the most vulnerable. An appropriate response that takes into account the projected harvest and residual needs is being finalised. Currently, there are 2.1 million people facing acute food insecurity in Mozambique. Food Assistance for Assets/General Food Distributions: Under the El Nino response, WFP assisted 661,988 people with conditional and unconditional transfers. As part of the emergency drought response activities, WFP through a partnership with World Vision provided commodity vouchers to 6,345 people through Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) in Tete province. People assisted are redeeming the commodity vouchers for maize meal, beans, rice, oil, sugar and salt at nearby participating retail outlets. Emergency School Feeding (ESF): WFP provided school meals to 82,283 to children in 277 primary and secondary schools. Nutrition: The planning phase for the scale-up of the nutrition response reached advanced stages. Nutrition Rehabilitation trainings on treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) were provided to 180 Ministry of Health, WFP and partner staff in Nampula and Cabo Delgado provinces Cyclone Dineo: which hit coastal Inhambane Province in February affected nearly 551,000 people and destroyed 27,000 hectares of crops. The Government responded in the early stages of the emergency but has since requested WFP to step in with Food Assistance for Assets and general food assistance targeting 50,000 people for three months. Under an IR-EMOP 201067, WFP started the response using borrowed stocks from the ongoing drought response and is seeking donor funding to repay the borrowed stocks and to mount an effective response.