12 Feb Food Shortages in Zambezia and Nampula Provinces
The Anglican Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique is currently carrying out emergency response work in the provinces of Zambezia and Nampula, responding to food insecurity that has emerged as a result of late and minimal rains in the 2015-2016 planting season and poor harvest from the 2014-201 planting season due to flooding.
Many farmers planted their seeds a few months ago, when the rains began. But then the rains stopped and the small seedlings withered and died. These farmers are in a very dire situation. According to the UN, the current main source of cereals is the market instead of own production which indicates low production. This also means that prices are inflated.
The Diocese of Niassa is leading a targeted distribution of a least 2600 KG of ’60-day cowpea’ seeds, maize, oil, water purifying and mosquito nets to some of the most vulnerable families over the next ten days. The diocese will use our existing community-based DRR committees to help to select the most vulnerable families in affected communities.
Please support this appeal:
It costs £6 for a 10kg bag of maize; £2 for a 1kg bag of beans or bean seeds or £1.30 for a litre of oil. We are looking for £2,300 for this appeal.
This family, composed of Albertina, her elderly sister, and three grandchildren, grow all their own food. This year, they managed to prepare a larger farm than they had managed the year before. They waited for the rains, and after the rains began, they planted maize, beans, and cassava. But the rains stopped and the seeds never germinated. They are currently surviving on roots and on the help of their neighbors, and are grateful to have received bean seeds.
Grandmother Alberta Cassumba, who lives with her daughter and six grandchildren, were grateful to have received seed, but are still worried about the rain. They are only eating once a day.
The committee in Tengereza is showing to Mario Muromua, emergency coordinator, that they know how to fill in the registration forms. Tengerza was one of the 40 communities where emergency committees were re-activated or formed.