Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Malawi

August 19, 2015

Food Security Situation

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  • Landlocked Malawi, which ranks 174 out of 187 countries in the 2014 UN Development Program Human Development Index, is a low-income country with 41 percent of the population living in poverty.

  • Heavy flooding and loss of livelihoods as well as drought in other parts of the country in the first half of the year have led to lower than expected harvests.

  • According to findings of the Civil Society Agriculture Network, the 2015 harvest will be between 30- 40 percent lower than last year’s harvest. The combination of lower harvest and higher than average maize prices have led FEWS NET to project more than 2 million Malawians will likely need food assistance by January 2016.

Food Assistance Programs

  • Through the Catholic Relief Services-led consortium, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) development food assistance program is assisting 248,000 food insecure households in 284 Malawi communities. The project aims to reduce chronic malnutrition and food insecurity and build resilience among vulnerable populations in all rural traditional authorities in Chikwawa, Nsanje, and Blantyre -- three of the most food-insecure, chronically malnourished, and disaster-prone districts of Southern Malawi.

  • The Project Concern International (PCI) led consortium is implementing a FFP-supported project to improve food security among 63,472 vulnerable households in 84 communities in Balaka and Machinga districts. The project focuses on increasing market-oriented agriculture production, improving health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children, and improving resilience of vulnerable households.

  • USAID also assists vulnerable populations that have been impacted by the prolonged drought, as well as severe flooding in Malawi, with U.S. in-kind, local and regional procurement of food through the UN World Food Program.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $29.3 million 16,185 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $8.9 million 880 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $42.0 million 45,302 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $33.0 million 31,397 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $5.3 million 2,530 MT
Title II Emergency $22.5 million 11,310 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $1.5 million 2,245 MT

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program
Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of July 2015.

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: August 19, 2015

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