MAPUTO, The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique to ensure that people in the country have more reliable and nutritious food to eat and to make them more resilient to the climate shocks to which the country is increasingly prone.

The plan is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for the period up to 2030, which aims to transform the world into a place free of poverty and inequality. It is the product of two years of nationwide consultations, and fully supports the country’s key national development priorities, including the government’s five-year plan for 2015-19.

WFP representative Karin Manente said: This strategic plan is an important milestone for the country. It lays out the steps needed for WFP to work with the government and other partners in addressing the main challenges to food and nutrition security in Mozambique.”

In addition to the focus on meeting the food and nutritional needs of vulnerable people, the plan also aims to eradicate malnutrition among children in chronically food insecure areas and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

A media statement from the WFP points out that despite Mozambique achieving its Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of hungry people in the country, nearly a quarter of its people face chronic food insecurity or mal-nourishment.

It adds that Mozambique remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, highly vulnerable to extreme climatic events which destroy infrastructure and restrict economic growth, undermining attempts to eradicate poverty and hunger.

The WFP says the CSP will focus on supporting longer term resilience-building efforts, as well as strengthening partnerships, national systems and institutions needed to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 2 (zero hunger) by 2030.

The Country Strategic Plan for Mozambique has a budget of 167 million US dollars. It was approved and came into effect in July.