Key Message Update

Crop production in southern region anticipated to be negatively affected by late start of season

January 2019

January 2019

February - May 2019

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Humanitarian food assistance reached about 167,000 people in January, roughly 50 percent of planned assistance, improving outcomes to Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in areas of Gaza province. However, assistance is insufficient to change the phase classification in other southern and central semi-arid areas. As a result, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes persist in these areas. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes continue in Cabo Delgado. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are present throughout the rest country as households continue consuming own foods.

  • Tropical cyclone Desmond, a category 1 storm, made landfall on January 21 in Zambézia Province also affecting areas of Sofala and Manica provinces. The storm caused localized flooding, damaged infrastructure, and affected over 1,300 hectares of crops. Nearly 6,000 people were displaced from some peri-urban areas of Beira and Dondo city in Sofala and in parts of Chinde district in Zambézia. The National Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) created transit centers to support displaced people with shelter, food, and water and sanitation.

  • In the southern and parts of the central regions, a dry spell and abnormally high temperatures in December wilted crops forcing many households with the ability to replant. The situation in parts of the south is being closely monitored as the season started over 40 days late. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MASA), 53 percent of planned area had been planted in the south in December, when at this time of the year it should be completed. In the central and northern regions, area planted in December was 51 and 53 percent of area planned, respectively.

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