SEATTLE, Washington — Since the horrific impact of Cyclone Idai hitting Mozambique in April of 2019, people in the country have struggled. Facing a growing statistic of hunger in Mozambique, organizations within the nation and outside have responded to the call and lent aid to those most in need.
The State of Hunger in Mozambique
With the 28 million people residing in Mozambique the catastrophe of Cyclone Idai the World Food Programme estimates that 80% of its residents can not afford an adequate diet to sustain normal human life. Because of this, 42% of children living in Mozambique are stunted physically.
As well as the devastating cyclone of 2019, Mozambique has experienced multiple floods that have completely destroyed the country’s maize crop — a crop that nearly two-thirds of its residents grow and live off of. When faced with the cyclone and subsequent flooding, nearly 700,000 hectares of farmland were deemed ruined and the crops lost.
With food becoming scarce, the price of the dwindling food resources shot up, forcing individuals already living under $1.50 per day to seek aid or face starvation. Just as the situation became dire, multiple responders came to the aid of those facing hunger in Mozambique, including, founders of The Hunger Project, The World Food Programme and Food for the Hungry.
The Hunger Project
Since its conception in 2006, The Hunger Project has developed a plan to maintain and fight hunger within developing countries, called the Epicenter Strategy. This strategy helps group multiple villages and quickly establishes people’s needs. After the abundance of environmental disasters plaguing Mozambique, three epicenters were developed within the country that service nine villages in grave need.
Through the utilization of epicenters, over 100,000 kilograms of maize meal has been grown, manufactured and distributed throughout the country, servicing multitudes of families facing starvation.
The World Food Programme
The World Food Programme (WFP) provides aid to those struggling in Mozambique. Through providing cash or food transfers during the non-growing seasons and giving agricultural classes during planting and harvesting seasons, many residents no longer fear starvation.
As well as the programs focusing on the food deficit, the WFP has focused on developing a plan to better combat natural disasters within Mozambique. It is the organization’s belief that through better response times, recovery activities and overall preparedness, when a crisis hits, the number of deaths will dramatically decrease. Additionally, the plan will provide more security for crops in the future.
Along with the programs put in place, the WFP also provides women, children and men with jobs. These jobs teach Mozambiquens how to farm their available land and how to make the crops and ground more sustainable. In payment, the WFP provides workers with food or money to provide for their family’s needs.
Food for the Hungry
The Food for the Hungry group has worked to provide long-term development within “agriculture, education and income generation” in hopes of permanently eradicating hunger in Mozambique. Supporting over 33 communities within the country, countless lives have been saved through this group’s efforts.
The organization has also formed care groups with a sole focus to reduce child mortality rates within the country. Fighting diseases and malnutrition, the organization has also sponsored 9,295 children throughout Mozambique.
How to Help
While hunger in Mozambique is being remedied by the above organizations and multiple other factions, it is still estimated that 60% of the population live beneath the international poverty line. With programs in place, when environmental famine and crisis hits Mozambique again, the country will be more prepared. With the help of volunteers and donations to further the work of these organizations, even more people facing starvation within Mozambique can be helped. Lend support to the groups already in the fight against hunger in Mozambique and add your name to the ranks of people helping to fight starvation.
– Alexis LeBaron