200.500 euros for victims of Idai in Mozambique
15.000 affected households in Mozambique are receiving agricultural kits that will enable them to harvest quickly. An action by the FAO's SFERA emergency fund, financed by Belgium.
In mid-March 2019, the powerful cyclone Idai hit southern Africa. Mozambique was particularly affected, with heavy rainfall and violent winds. An estimated 3.000 km2 of land was submerged, over 58.600 houses damaged and more than 500.000 ha of crops destroyed. As of 12 April, over 600 people had been confirmed dead and 146.000 were displaced.
The situation is even more critical as the rain fell when the crops were ready to harvest. In Mozambique, over 80 percent of the population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods and some 99 percent of these are small-scale farmers. This is why the SFERA emergency fund of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) focuses specifically on these small farmers (SFERA = Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation).
With a Belgian contribution of 200.500 euros, SFERA wants to help 15.000 households – around 75,000 people – get back on their feet. They will receive agricultural kits containing hoes, machetes and early-maturing maize and bean seeds. Once sown, these seeds will be ready to harvest after just 90 days
In the meantime, a second cyclone, Kenneth, brought a lot of rain and wind over Mozambique at the end of April. Normally, the country deals with a cyclone on average only every 10 years.
SFERA is just one of the funds with which Belgium wants to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai. Read also Belgian Emergency Aid for the victims of cyclone Idai.