The Chinese government through its embassy in Maputo has donated 10,000 tons of rice worth 10 million U.S. dollars expected to help 700,000 people in the southern region of Mozambique.
The beneficiaries are from the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane who are among the most affected by the phenomenon El Nino that in the last two years reduced food production and led the government to declare a red alert in April this year.
“The Chinese government has been following closely the evolution of the droughts and floods including its impact in Mozambique and the support aims to help the country overcome these challenges,” said Chinese Ambassador in Mozambique Su Jian on Wednesday.
“We would like to highlight this contribution in the efforts to mitigate droughts, a move that will increase resilience of the community in the most critical areas,” said the director of the Disaster Institute of Mozambique, Joao Machatine.
China’s support will go beyond provision of food products as it will include water, nutrition and agriculture and so far the Chinese government has committed to fund the drilling of 200 boreholes for water provision in areas affected by droughts.
In June, Africa.com reported that in Mozambique, at least 1.5 million people were in need of help because of an El Niño-induced drought, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.
The UN humanitarian agency disclosed then that El Nino, the harsh weather phenomenon – characterized by warmer sea temperatures that can cause extreme climatic conditions – is credited with causing disastrous growing conditions in the southern African country.
As a result, some 95,000 children are or will be malnourished in coming months.
Source: Allafrica.com | Dec 14