A United Nations envoy says Mozambique is showing signs of becoming a vibrant economy but still faces humanitarian problems.

James Morris told reporters Wednesday that he is impressed by the progress Mozambique has made since 1992, when rebels signed a peace deal ending 16 years of civil war with the government.

But he says the southern African country still faces challenges because of natural disasters, food shortages and rising rates of HIV/AIDS. He says as long as those problems remain, the country's poorest people will suffer.

Morris, a U.N. special envoy for humanitarian aid, spoke at the end of a two-day visit to Mozambique.

Mozambique's economy is growing about 10 percent per year, but natural disasters have left 800,000 people in need of food aid.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.