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Almost 1m people at risk of food insecurity in northern Mozambique

Internally displaced persons await in line during a United Nations World Food Program's distribution at the "3 de fevereiro escola" school in Matuge district, northern Mozambique, on Feb 24, 2021. (ALFREDO ZUNIGA / AFP)

MAPUTO – Mozambique's food security authorities warned Monday that at least 900,000 people could be facing food insecurity in the country's northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Situation will improve in the coming days, due to several actions being taken in many parts of Mozambique.

Leonor Mondlane,

Executive Secretary

Speaking to the press during the 11th Advisory Council of the Technical Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, Executive Secretary Leonor Mondlane said her institution is on full alert and monitoring the situation.
Armed conflicts in Cabo Delgado have forced people to abandon their crop fields, and irregular rainfall and other factors led to a possible lack of food, said the official.

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"Situation will improve in the coming days, due to several actions that are being taken in different parts of the country, including places where the displaced population is receiving various agricultural inputs," said Mondlane, adding that there are also cooperative partners supporting those regions which have greater food insecurity shocks.