WFP Suspends Food Aid In Mozambique
By Jorge Joaquim
The World Food Programme (WFP) suspended food aid for people displaced by violence and their host communities in northern Mozambique, for the month of February, WFP representative in Mozambique, Antonella d’Aprile, told the press.
The WFP says it is taking this measure because it has run out of money to provide humanitarian assistance to over a million people in Cabo Delgado, Niassa and Nampula provinces.
Cabo Delgado is the most food insecure province in Mozambique. Nearly 1.15m people in the province are suffering “crisis” or “emergency” hunger, and latest data indicates the situation may deteriorate even further.
It hopes to resume in March, with the support of the United States. It needs $2.5m to ensure food aid for a further six months.
WFP’s funding situation has been worrisome for some time
Since 2017, armed groups have been attacking villages, destroying families and forcing people to leave their homes. As of today, up to 800,000 people have been forced out of their villages, in one of the world’s fastest displacement crises.
Due to ongoing conflict, displacement and loss of livelihoods, almost a million people are food insecure in northern Mozambique.