This operation has been modified as per budget revision 7 (see below )
Mozambique is a vast country endowed with rich natural resources. Owing to a prolonged and devastating civil war, these resources have not yet been fully exploited and, despite impressive economic growth in the last ten years, 54 percent of the population continues to live below the poverty line and more than one-third is food-insecure; almost half of all children are chronically malnourished. Natural disasters and low agricultural productivity have contributed to persistent poverty and food insecurity. Mozambique is ranked 165th out of 169 countries in the 2010 Human Development Report, and the average life expectancy is just 48 years. Progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals has been uneven.
Mozambique is a pilot country for the United Nations Delivering as One initiative, and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework is fully aligned with priorities outlined in the Government’s five-year plan, the Poverty Reduction Strategy (2011–2014) and national sector policies. WFP’s country programme contributes to United Nations Development Assistance Framework economic outcomes 1, 2 and 3, increased agricultural production and risk reduction for improved food security, and social outcomes 4 and 5, enhanced delivery of and access to basic services for the most vulnerable. It is also aligned to WFP Strategic Objectives 2, 4 and 5.
The country programme focuses on improving basic nutrition, scaling up social protection and transitioning towards a home-grown school meals programme, with an emphasis on enhancing capacity at the national and local levels, enhancing risk and vulnerability analysis and expanding market linkages for smallholder farmers. Innovation in assistance delivery, including through new tools such as the use of mobile technology to support cash transfers, will be pursued where relevant and cost-effective, based on lessons learned. The components create an integrated safety net system in the most vulnerable, disaster-prone and food-insecure areas of the country, supporting and strengthening existing government programmes and laying the foundation for sustainable, national solutions to food insecurity.
Budget revision 7 extends Mozambique CP 200286 from 1 January to 31 December 2016 to ensure alignment with government planning cycles and the revised United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). All components will continue during this period except support for market access, which will be implemented through a separate trust fund. Revised geographic coverage and beneficiary targets for 2016 reflect a shift from direct implementation to technical assistance at the Government’s request.