An estimated 4,050 families in Mozambique’s Maputo province in the south received food aid as the country grapples with a worsening food crisis among other issues.
The aid was delivered by the World Food Program (WFP) and WeWorld GVC Global, a non-governmental organization, in partnership with the U.S., Germany and the European Union.
The aid is geared towards ensuring food security during the lean season, from November this year to March next year, the WFP said.
Mozambique is currently facing a serious food shortage due to a number of factors including climate shocks, natural disasters (like cyclones and floods) and insecurity, especially in the northern region.
Cabo Delgado province has Mozambique’s second-highest rate of chronic malnutrition with more than half of children under five chronically malnourished, according to the WFP.
The WFP has previously appealed for assistance to continue to provide support to vulnerable communities. In the absence of enough funding, food supplies will be compromised leading to a reduction in rations or potential suspension of food distributions, the WFP warned.
#TogetherWeCan @WFP and @WeWorldGlobal assisting 4050 families in 79 communities of Maputo Province, South of #Mozambique. To ensure food security during the Lean Season, from November 2020 to March 2021.#SavingLives thanks to @USAIDSavesLives, @GermanyDiplo and @eu_echo pic.twitter.com/np0g3guUs7
— WFP Mozambique (@wfp_mozambique) December 28, 2020