A woman sits near a brick wall in the shade, working on vegetables over a large metal bowl.

Mozambique

At a Glance

Mozambique's extensive coastline heightens the country's vulnerability to tropical cyclones and storm surge flooding. More than half of the population lives in low lying coastal areas, putting communities and key resources at risk. Increased flooding and drought threaten the agriculture sector, which employs roughly 75% of Mozambique's workforce. In addition to economic implications, these stressors also increase risks of food insecurity and water-related illness such as cholera. Agricultural expansion, wildfires, and excessive harvesting are driving greenhouse gas emissions in Mozambique's highest emitting sector, land use and forestry change.

Funding and Key Indicators

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USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

Total

$3 Million

Adaptation

$3 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2020)

30.1 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

1.93%

% Forested Area

48%

Climate Change Information

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Stories from the Area

One of the greatest threats to our global community is climate change, and research shows women are more vulnerable than men to its consequences.
According to USAID’s Southern Africa’s Climate Change Risk Profile, “Changes in water quality and availability will be the dominant changes seen under a new climate.” The sensitivity of livelihoods and economies to these changes, together with a lack of access to drinking water (and contamination of existing supply), threatens water security and resilience in a region where water demands are rising in response to an increasing population.
The current global pandemic from COVID-19 is a potent, pressing example of why the international community must focus more on preparedness and risk analysis for a multitude of disasters. Disasters, from floods to droughts to heightened risks of conflict, are increasing in frequency and intensity due to climate change, environmental degradation, and social tensions.