U.N. World Food Programme Running Short of Funds

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U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) is running short of funds as Mozambique’s less than average rainfall leaves an estimated 350,000 people in need of food due to poor harvest.  According to Reuters correspondent, Charles Mangwiro, The WFP says it will be forced to discontinue relief assistance unless it receives the $8.5 million (10,840 tonnes of cereals)  needed to aid families till the next harvest in April/May.

While parts of Central and Southern Mozambique may be facing a third consecutive year of drought, land which survived last years flood  in the central province of Sofala is being destroyed by locusts and at risk of devastating floods by March.


Mozambique Map via Mozambique Missions

Mozambique Province MapMozambique Province Map
2008 Farmland Flood of Zambezi River due to Heavy Rain via The Road To the Horizon

2008 Farmland Flood of Zambezi River due to Heavy Rain via The Road To the Horizon



One response to “U.N. World Food Programme Running Short of Funds

  1. Is it possible to transform Africa from the so-called basket case of the world into its food basket? That is arguably one of the most critical questions to be answered by African leaders as they prepare to present their vision for the revival of the continent.

    Earlier this year, South African Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin made an appeal that Africa be given the opportunity to escape poverty by becoming integral to the globe’s food provision and security. He argued that, to achieve this, countries of the North needed to relinquish their stranglehold over ‘grandfather industries’, such as agriculture, and allow Africa and other countries of the South, to grow into the gap left behind.

    Now, this argument, while sound, is hugely contested. Countries such as France are under extreme domestic pressure from farmers to continue support for local agriculture. And this view, while contradicted by some European Union (EU) members – such as the UK and Sweden – finds much sympathy from a large number of EU states. It is also an emotive issue. Many European policymakers have strong memories of food shortages during the war.

    This said, there is little doubt that the continuing support for agriculture in the EU, the US and Japan is impeding growth and development in poorer countries. In effect, agriculture has been left somewhat untouched by the wave of liberalisation that has been pounding just about every other sector. That liberalisation has provided the North with unprecedented market access for their value-added products.

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