Mozambique

In March 2019, Cyclone Idai sparked widespread flooding, affecting more than 3 million people across Southern Africa. Concern responded with emergency shelter, water, sanitation, hygiene, and food security assistance, helping more than 35,000 people.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 29.5 million
  • Population living below $1.25/day: 62.9%
  • Life expectancy: 58.1
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 53.3
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 71.3
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 480
  • Literacy rate: 47%
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 1.4%

Despite its recent progress, Mozambique remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 62 percent of Mozambicans living on less than $1.25 per day.

A country rich in natural resources, Mozambique is emerging from being a post-conflict nation to one of Africa’s fastest growing economies. Despite its recent progress, it remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with 62 percent of Mozambicans living on less than $1.25 per day. Concern is tackling extreme poverty among farmers by training them in sustainable agriculture techniques and teaching them about best infant and young child feeding practices. Some 3,750 households are currently involved in one of our 150 farmer field schools, which use demonstration plots to show farmers new agricultural methods and crops in an effort to increase food production and dietary diversity. With floods and cyclones striking annually, Mozambique is also one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Concern is founding member of COSACA, a consortium of four international organizations that works closely with the government of Mozambique to have emergency relief items ready in advance so that they can be deployed to those in need within 72 hours of a disaster.