Maputo - 18 October 2023 - Following the advance mission in June 2023, the APRM Continental Secretariat returned to the Republic of Mozambique to carry out a Targeted Review on State Resilience to Food Insecurity and Natural Disasters. The mission led by Mozambique’s Lead APR Panel member, Honourable Lydia Wanyoto-Mutende, and comprised of staff from the APRM Continental Secretariat and consultants, paid a courtesy call on the Deputy Minister of Economics and Finance, H.E Carla Louveira.
Both parties engaged in discussions around fiscal resources to respond to emergencies, international partnerships to increase resilience at the national level as well as the conduct of the review out of which a report with precise recommendations will emanate. The Deputy Minister indicated her availability to respond to further questions that will furnish evidence to the Targeted Review Report to be drafted during the review and tabled at the 33rd summit of the APR Forum of Heads of State and Government in February 2024.
Various meetings are being held in the context of this Targeted Review. The mission has already met with officials at the Ministry of Land and Environment, the Ministry of Water and Sanitation, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Fisheries, and the National Institute for Social Action. Mozambique possesses a long coastline-2515 km- and is vulnerable to severe weather events, the last of which, cyclone Freddy, occurred in March 2023. Therefore, the country has put in place measures to mitigate the socio-economic impact of cyclones, floods, and other disasters. The country accords importance to resilience and many public entities are dedicated to this objective. Also, a National Council comprised of different arms of government coordinates relief efforts in case of emergencies.
Mozambique works closely with its partners and is committed to implementing continental and international objectives such as those contained in Agenda 2063 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
A blue economy strategy is being developed and it is hoped that this blueprint based on the AU’s guidelines will allow Mozambique to take advantage of its resources in a sustainable manner without compromising future generations’ interests.
At the National Institute for Social Action, the review team learned that vulnerable people or the poorest of poor are afforded social protection through cash transfers that allow them to venture in small businesses in order to meet basic needs.
The review team is continuing its engagements in Maputo. It will then travel, Sunday, to Gaza and Sofala provinces which are regularly hit by disasters and recurrent food security issues, to meet various communities and gather their views on the measures that ought to be taken to prevent and respond to these challenges.
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