- There are indications that Mozambique has found itself in the centre of food crisis, as 520,000 people are battling with high food insecurity in the country's southern and central regions. International food monitors said thousands of Mozambicans are in dire need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
Food experts said the bad weather conditions in early part of the year is among the causes of Mozambique's food insecurity. The flooding of Zambezi River and passage of cyclone are also seen as contributing factors.
Over 700,000 Mozambicans are expected to face food crisis should the second harvest season turns bad.
International food monitors are also concerned about the low rainfall in the country, especially in the southern and central parts, which might seriously risk the production capacity in said regions.
The most disturbing thing for most Mozambicans is that they will be experiencing hunger earlier than the normal time. Instead of October (the normal hunger season), food experts said Mozambicans should expect hunger in August and September. The hunger season might is expected to go through March 2008.
Northern Mozambique has recorded high yields this year, but the high cost of transportation is limiting the food supplies from the north to south.
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