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On March 15th, a cyclone devastated parts of Mozambique, destroying the homes and livelihoods of many farming families.

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WEEK 1 —

We can confirm that all 47 iDE staff members in Mozambique are safe. The staff members working in Beira, one of the hardest hit cities, were moved to Maputo and Chimoio. Many of their homes were destroyed in the cyclone. One of our colleagues faced a harrowing journey across a flooded river in a canoe to get to Chimoio where she is now safe. After days of not being able to reach our field officer in Nhamatanda because of downed cell phone and power lines, we were finally able to make contact. He is now safe in Chimoio.  

iDE staff members rally their local connections to support immediate relief efforts in and around Beira, organizing a container full of supplies to meet basic needs.

Field teams attempt to reach families we work with in the provinces of Manica, Sofala, Tete, and Zambezia. (See gallery of their photos above)

  • In Nhamatanda, the situation is quite severe, as roads and bridges have been washed away and the flooding continues as dams in northern Zimbabwe have opened their flood gates. The bridge connecting Chimoio and Sofala-Beira is severely damaged, preventing iDE staff from getting to our office in Beira. Our field teams have not made contact with farmers here yet.
  • In Sussundenga, the bridge connecting iDE field officers to farmers collapsed, preventing us from reaching those people.
  • In Messica Manica, the team was able to connect with one Farm Business Advisor Berta. 

“My family and I are ok, though we have no idea of the situation in our fields. I suspect that there is disaster since the bridge that connects us to our fields is flooded and we cannot cross,” said Berta, a Farm Business Advisor we work with.

  • Teams were able to reach Gondola and Macate and check-in with farmers there. However, their farms and homes are in very bad shape. 

“The whole village is devastated. We are living in fear as you can see many houses have fallen,” said Teresa, a Farm Business Advisor we work with. "There is no more food. If we go to our gardens, there is no sign to show that something existed before. My 10 chickens were swept away by the floods. I don’t know where to start.”

“We have no hope. All the crops have been destroyed,” said the husband of Eliza, a Farm Business Advisor. Eliza has a weekly delivery to a restaurant called Maua. Because all of her crops have been destroyed she went to a market to buy produce for the restaurant. “We cannot afford to lose Maua, our reliable market. That is why we are sacrificing to buy supplies for Maua at the market.”

iDE staff members work to rally local connections to meet immediate relief needs. They hold signs showing support for Beira, Mozambique's second largest city and hardest hit by the storm.

I De Moz Cyclone Together For Beira

WEEK 2 —

iDE launches a global fundraising campaign to support the long-term recovery efforts of the communities we serve in Mozambique.

Geopoll releases data from a mobile survey of 700 individuals living in areas affected by the cyclone and where iDE works.

  • 78% in Sofala do not have access to clean drinking water.
  • 78% in Sofala do not have access to electricity.
  • 85% total say they had damages to their home, with 39% characterizing damages as major – in Sofala, 90% had damages, with 56% saying they are major damages.
  • Just 19% overall and 12% in Sofala have received aid since the cyclone.
  • Aid most needed is quite split with 32% saying food is most needed, followed by shelter at 18% and cash at 16%. In Sofala they say food aid is needed more, at 40%, followed by clean water at 19% and cash and shelter both at 13%.
  • In terms of food security, 75% report they have eaten fewer meals on 3 or more days in the past week. In Sofala 77% have eaten fewer meals on 3 or more days, and  10% have eaten fewer meals on 7 of the past 7 days.

The World Food Program releases its first estimates of people in need of food assistance. Below are the areas that iDE works and is targeting long-term relief and recovery:

  • In the areas where we work in Sofala, the population is approximately 1.7 million people. Nearly 50% of people are in need of assistance with 650,000 in need of food specifically.
  • In the areas where we work in Manica, the population is approximately 1.3 million people. Nearly 35% of people are in need of assistance with 450,000 in need of food specifically.
  • In the areas where we work in Zambezia, the population is approximately 1.4 million people. Nearly 20% of people are in need of assistance with 150,000 in need of food specifically.
  • In the areas where we work in Tete, the population is approximately 730,000 people. Estimates on percentage of people in need are still forthcoming.

WEEK 3 —

iDE field staff were able to reach some communities and assess the damage. Many of the Farm Business Advisors we work with have lost everything—their homes, shops, and crops. Cellphone networks are working again, and even though we weren't able to reach all Farm Business Advisors' farms, we were able to speak to many on the phone. 

Number of Farm Business Advisor clients affected: 1,849
Number of farmer field school clients affected: 971 

Percentage of farm area destroyed:

  • Macate: 52%
  • Gondola: 91%
  • Chimoio: 86%
  • Vanduzi: 64%
  • Sussundenga: 41%

In Nhamatanda, we spoke to Flora. Two of her family's homes were destroyed. Her children who lived in these homes are having to stay with relatives. She's also lost 75% of her corn production (approximately 3 hectares). The corn was destroyed because of severe flooding in her community where much of the crop was submerged in water for weeks.

I De Pc Nhamatanda Flora 2019 03 27

Amelia stands in his still flooded maize field. He said he's lost 25 hectares of his maize production and 5 hectares of vegetables because of flood waters. The roof to his warehouse where he stores produce and agricultural supplies was blown off, damaging significant investments that he's made in agricultural supplies and technologies.

I De Pc Sussundenga Amelia 2019 03 26

Samuel told us he lost everything—house, cattle, agriculture supplies. None of the roads to his village are accessible. He's currently staying with relatives in another community.

I De Pc Nhamatanda Samuel 2019 03 27

In Gondola, we visited Isabel and saw here her agricultural inputs shop was completely destroyed, along with 40% of her maize crop.

I De Pc Gondola 2019 03 22

Teresa stands next her home, which was destroyed along with most of her belongings in the cyclone and floods. We walked with her around her farm to assess the impacts to her production. We saw that 50% of her maize production was on the ground and severely damaged.

I De Gallery Moz Teresa Benjamin House Destroyed

In the coming weeks, we will continue to try to make contact with the farmers that we were unable to reach and try to assess farms that are currently inaccessible. Following those assessments, we will carry out a plan to help these farming families begin to recover and rebuild. 

The communities where iDE works were in the direct path of Cyclone Idai, resulting in widespread devastation. (Source:

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