The El Niño-induced drought in Southern Africa continues to negatively impact the lives of millions, especially those whose livelihoods depend on agriculture-based income. The region is experiencing one of its poorest harvests in recent years, and an upsurge in households facing acute food insecurity, including at our epicenters in Mozambique.
At Zuza Epicenter, for example, a fish farming project has halted because the river channels are no longer running. And at Chokwe Epicenter, the community’s communal farm is not in use because it was dependent on water from a river channel that is also dry.
As a result, The Hunger Project-Mozambique is increasing its focus on mobilizing community members to better confront malnutrition and food insecurity. Several workshops have been conducted with the focus of promoting community solidarity as a means of coping with the drought. During these workshops, trainings were given around preventing malnutrition in children through the preparation of nutritious meals.
In addition, several NGOs are working to respond to the emergency including Save the Children, Oxfam, Care International and others by joining together to respond as a consortium, including in Gaza, where two of our epicenters are located.