Mozambique food security outlook update, April 2021

The start of the main annual harvest is gradually improving food access for most households in the semi-arid areas of southern and central Mozambique, driving Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes. In the central zone, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes will likely persist at least through May, as households recover from past cyclone damage. However, a June harvest following post-flood planting is expected to drive Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. In Eastern Nampula, cumulatively below-average rainfall through the rainy season is driving Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. In Cabo Delgado, the conflict is continuing to displace households and impact access to food and income, maintaining Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. Of concern are reports of people in inaccessible areas hiding in the bush and/or fleeing to safer areas, and likely facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes during this time.