Partners help Cabo Verde cope with food insecurity


Cabo Verde has reported almost no harvests for the 2017-18 agricultural season because of a severe drought. According to the Cadre harmonisé analysis, some 28 000 people (5.3%) are currently facing food insecurity. While the market supplies are mostly normal, the supplies of grains, legumes and tubers are below last year’s average. This situation might deteriorate in some municipalities, notably on the islands of Santo Antão, São Vicente and Santiago (including the capital city of Praia), and become a crisis situation. It is estimated that some 36 000 people (6.8%) will face a crisis situation by June-August 2018. Following a call for assistance from the Cabo Verde government, several partners mobilised additional support to address the crisis. The European Union has granted a EUR 7 million aid package to mitigate the impact of the bad harvests. Its support also aims to encourage rural transformation and climate-smart agriculture practices. The Luxembourg Ministry of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action granted emergency assistance worth EUR 500 000. “Our support is not only aimed at helping the most vulnerable households who have lost all or a large part of their crops, but also to pursue, through our other co-operation programmes, resilience building and poverty reduction in Cabo Verde,” declared minister Romain Schneider. Similarly, the FAO launched an emergency assistance project to help vulnerable livestock farmers whose livelihoods have been affected by the drought. The USD 500 000 project covers the islands of Brava, Boa Vista, Santiago and São Nicolau.