According to the new report, Basic Indicators of Agriculture and Food 2015-2019, presented this Monday by the Mozambican Institute of Statistics, per capita cassava and sweet potato production, the situation was better with per capita production of 267 kilos in 2015 and 336 kilos in 2019.
At the level of cash crops, the data show stability in the reference period, a fact observed in cashew seedlings produced, around 4.5 million in 2019.
Credit granted to the agricultural sector remained insignificant compared to the rest of the economy, at 3.65% in 2015 and 3.71% in 2019.
Regarding acute food insecurity, it stood at 29.9% of families in 2019 (for a total population of 29.3 million), while in the same year acute malnutrition affected 12.3% of children, INE data said. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) also follows these indicators and estimated that acute malnutrition affects almost half of children under 5 years of age. It also estimated that over 1.6 million people face acute food insecurity.
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