The situation of the food crisis in northern Mozambique is increasingly critical due to the lack of financial resources to purchase food. Thousands of IDPs depend on this aid in Cabo Delgado. According to Antonella D’Aprile, national director of the WFP in Mozambique, if there is no “urgent international support”, the situation could worsen in the coming months.

In an exclusive interview with DW Africa this Wednesday (04.08), the director said that the WFP needs at least US$93 million to provide assistance to more than 800,000 internally displaced people in Cabo Delgado by December this year. “Unfortunately, the situation is getting worse. Cabo Delgado province suffers from the world’s fastest-growing IDP crisis. Since 2017, the province has registered more than 800,000 internally displaced people. These are people who were forced to abandon their production areas and this clearly impacts the food security of communities. The province also has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the country. And more than 950,000 people in the northern provinces of Mozambique [Cabo Delgado, Nampula and Niassa] will face food insecurity from April to September due to terrorist attacks and natural phenomena.

“In June, WFP provided food assistance to around 700,000 displaced people. But due to the lack of funds for the months of July and August, the WFP planned to assist the displaced with only one basic food basket per family to cover the two months. And food distribution could resume in September if there are new funds. Right now, the World Food Program needs at least US$93 million to be able to assist more than 800,000 displaced people by December this year. If we do not reach this amount by then, food assistance to the displaced will, unfortunately, be suspended”.

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