Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Malawi

March 2, 2016

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.

  • According to FEWS NET, ongoing assistance has helped populations through the ongoing extended lean season. While harvests will start coming in as of May, because national crop production is likely going to be low owing to drought conditions in the central and southern region, conditions are expected to worsen by late 2016.

Food Assistance Projects

  • 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 rural 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.

  • In response to severe flooding in 2015, as well as the ongoing impacts of consecutive poor harvests and El Niño, USAID is assisting vulnerable Malawians in 25 of 28 districts with U.S., regionally and locally purchased food through the UN World Food Program. This food complements Government of Malawi-provided maize that WFP is transporting and distributing with USAID resources.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $44.8 million 33,069 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $30.5 million 17,155 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $8.9 million 880 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $42.0 million 45,302 MT

Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $6.7 million 4,450 MT
Title II Emergency $23.1 million 22,150 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $15 million* 6,469 MT

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program
Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of March 2016.

*Includes funds for transportation and distribution of Government of Malawi-provided maize 

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: March 02, 2016

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