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Mozambique: Food Security in the face of Cyclone Eloise

Around 15,000 farming households hit by Tropical Cyclone Idai will receive agricultural kits including early-maturing maize and bean seeds to grow their own food again c. FAO/Telcinia Dos Santos

Mozambique’s second largest city, Beira, has experienced a cyclone that costs lives, properties and farm lands.

Mozambique’s National Institute of Meteorology (Inam) states that cyclone Eloise, in the space of 24 hours 250 mm of rain drenched the city of Beira. With wind speeds of up to 160 km/h, the land depression system affected lives and properties.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), “Nearly 7,000 people have been displaced and more than 5,000 homes destroyed, damaged or flooded,”

The cyclone has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to affect other southern African countries, including southern Zimbabwe, northern South Africa and eastern Botswana, which have already suffered heavy rains and mudslides.

Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management and Reduction states that about 142,000 hectares of agricultural land were destroyed by the cyclone. Many plant and animal species have been affected in the region, as have people who fear losing their crops.

This is the second major cyclone to hit Mozambique in two years. The east African countries was hit hardest in 2019 by Cyclones Idai and Kenneth.

Climatic disasters such as cyclones have an major impact on food security and agribusiness.

The government is setting up plans to boost food security and manage the displaced persons