20 DISTRICTS IN MOZAMBIQUE AT RISK OF FOOD INSECURITY

MAPUTO– Twenty districts in four Mozambican provinces — Inhambane and Gaza in the south, and Sofala and Tete in the central part of the country — are at risk of food insecurity because irregular rainfall and insect pests have reduced this year’s harvests.

A multi-sector group assessed the food security situation in the country in April and May, and submitted a report to the government, warning that more than 40 per cent of the population in the affected districts could face food shortages.

The group concluded that the Fall armyworm, which particularly attacks maize, and the cassava mosaic virus which is transmitted by whiteflies, plus poor rainfall, have damaged crops, resulting in lower harvests than initially forecast. The Fall armyworm is actually the larval stage of a moth.

Dino Buene, the national official for vulnerability assessment in the Food and Nutritional Security Technical Secretariat (SETSAN) says household food reserves in the affected districts are likely to run out in the next three months.

From September, he warns, humanitarian food aid will become urgent to ensure that vulnerable households will have enough to eat.

The worst situation is in Tete and Gaza. In each of these provinces, seven districts are affected. Three districts are at risk in Inhambane, and three in Sofala.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK