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Publication | 2021

Mozambique: Acute Food Insecurity and Acute Malnutrition Situation February 2021 - February 2022

During the Acute Food Insecurity analysis, two specific groups were assessed: 1) IDPs (in resettlement and transit centres and with host households) in five districts - Metuge, Ancuabe, Chiúre, Namuno and Balama; and 2) households hosting IDPs in seven districts - Pemba City, Montepuez, Metuge, Ancuabe, Chiúre, Namuno and Balama. For the period of April to September 2021, an estimated 128,000 IDPs and 101,000 people from host households are projected to be in high acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above) and need immediate action. All IDP groups and host household groups are classified in a situation of Crisis (IPC Phase 3), except for the Balama IDP group, which is classified in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). Between October 2021 and February 2022, the number of IDPs and people from host households in IPC Phase 3 or above is estimated to increase in all seven districts analysed, and is projected to reach about 197,000 IDPs and 166,000 people from host households. It is expected that if no food assistance is prpovided, 44,000 IDPs in Metuge district will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), while the remaining IDP groups and host household groups in other districts (Pemba City, Namuno, Montepuez, Balama, Ancuabe and Chiure) will remain classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). Important to note is that this is a period of food scarcity, characterized by depleted cereal reserves and rising prices, and households likely using crisis or emergency coping strategies.