United Nations food agency appeals for relief funds in Mozambique

United Nations food agency appeals for Mozambique relief funds. Photo : UN News

Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – The United Nations (UN) Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has appealed for $19 million short-term aid for farmers, fishers and other food producers in Mozambique.

In a statement, FAO said these three groups in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are under severe threat, following Cyclone Idai, estimating that $19 million would provide three months’ support for local populations.

“As flood waters recede, keeping animals alive, rehabilitating damaged land and rebooting food production will be critical,” said FAO, adding that that 80 percent of the population in Mozambique depends on agriculture.

The statement further noted that before the cyclone, 1.8 million people already lacked access to secure food supplies in the country.
“We will procure and distribute seeds as a matter of urgency so that farmers can plant for the secondary agricultural season, which is starting now, in April,” Local Representative, Olman Serrano, told FAO.

According to the World Food Programme, satellite images showed the creation of an inland sea that measures 125 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide (78 x 16 miles), larger than the European nation of Luxembourg.

On a different tune, President Filipe Nyusi recently promised to accelerate the rehabilitation of water supply systems, energy distribution networks, health centres, schools and access roads, allowing life to quickly return to normal.

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