MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a contribution of 6.7 million euros from the European Union (EU) to support communities forced to flee their homes in northern Mozambique with a food aid.
The European Union, through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Service (ECHO), is supporting WFP’s response in northern Mozambique, a region experiencing one of the displacement crises in the country. fastest growing. Since last May, violence in Cabo Delgado province has displaced more than 732,000 people, seven times more than in the same period last year.
“The humanitarian situation in northern Mozambique has pushed people to the brink. Those who managed to survive the attacks are forced to leave everything behind, including their livelihood. We thank the European Union for taking the lead in ensuring that internally displaced people continue to receive emergency food assistance. Said Antonella D’Aprile, WFP representative in Mozambique.
Thanks to the EU’s contribution, WFP will provide food to 360,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) for four months. Families will either receive a food ration consisting of rice, pulses and oil covering 80% of their daily kilocalorie needs or, for those living in places where supplies are available at retailers and the security situation is adequate, a voucher of 3,600 MZN (approximately 47.00 euros). Vouchers can be redeemed at some retail stores to purchase food and other essentials, such as soap, hygiene items, detergents, toothpaste, and water sanitizers. Cash transfers (CBT) provide immediate relief to families in difficulty while having a positive impact on the local economy and building economic resilience.
“It is worrying that, as the fragile security situation in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado continues to deteriorate, thousands of families are internally displaced and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Within the EU, we are committed to working with partners, such as WFP, to provide life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, most of whom have lost their main sources of income, ”said Alexandre Castellano, Head of Humanitarian Service. of the European Union. Aid Office for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Region
EU funds will also be used for WFP nutrition interventions in northern Mozambique. WFP will support more than 32,200 children under five and pregnant and breastfeeding women through the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) as part of the National Nutritional Rehabilitation Program (PRN) in the provinces of Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa. In addition, the EU is supporting 8,000 children under 5 for three months as part of WFP nutritional assistance aimed at preventing MAM among displaced populations. Given the fragile security situation, WFP will also work to strengthen local protection capacities. With the allocation of 6.7 million euros to WFP, DG ECHO is currently financing four WFP actions in Mozambique for a total amount of 12.3 million Euros.
The funding requirement until December 2021 for the response in northern Mozambique stands at $ 121 million. Without additional support, WFP operations will be compromised, leading to the reduction or even the suspension of food distributions to people in need as of August 2021.