MAPUTO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique. The plan is designed to ensure that people have more reliable and nutritious food to eat, and to make them more resilient to the climate shocks to which Mozambique is increasingly prone.
The CSP for Mozambique – one of a series of new strategic plans initiated by WFP in countries around the world – is aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for the year 2030, to transform the planet into a place free of poverty and inequality. The product of two years of nationwide consultations, the Strategic Plan fully supports Mozambique’s key national development priorities, including the Government’s Five Year Plan 2015-19.
“This Strategic Plan is an important milestone for the country,” said Karin Manente, Country Director in Mozambique. “It lays out the steps needed for WFP to work with the Government and other partners in addressing the main challenges to food and nutrition security in Mozambique.”
In addition to ensuring that vulnerable people can meet their food and nutrition needs, even in times of crisis, the CSP focuses on eradicating malnutrition among children in chronically f00d-insecure areas and improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Despite Mozambique achieving its Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of hungry people in the country, nearly a quarter of its people face chronic food insecurity or malnourishment. The country remains one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world - highly vulnerable to extreme climatic events which destroy infrastructure and restrict economic growth, undermining attempts to eradicate poverty and hunger. While maintaining strong humanitarian assistance capacity, WFP’s new plan focuses on supporting longer-term resilience-building efforts, as well as strengthening partnerships, national systems and institutions needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) by 2030.
The Country Strategic Plan for Mozambique, budgeted at US$ 167 million, was approved and came into effect in July.
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