Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Malawi

January 3, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • Landlocked Malawi, which ranks 171 out of 187 countries in the 2011 UN Development Program (UNDP) Human Development Index, is a low-income country with 40 percent of the population living in poverty.

  • Based on revised Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee findings from fall 2013, the total population requiring humanitarian food security assistance during the October-March lean season has increased from approximately 1.5 million to 1.8 million, due to poor 2012/2013 harvests.

  • Adequate humanitarian assistance has meant poor households in these areas of concern are facing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) and Stressed acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes.

Food Assistance Programs

  • Through a Catholic Relief Services-led consortium (CRS), the Office of Food for Peace (FFP)’s development program targets approximately 229,976 food-insecure Malawian households. The program specifically targets the most vulnerable - children under age five, pregnant and lactating women, orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV, and chronically ill people in Balaka, Chickwawa, Chiradzulu, Machinga, Mulanje, Nsanje, Thyolo, and Zomba districts in southern Malawi.

  • FFP partners with CRS on a variety of activities including agricultural and microenterprise development, village savings and loan projects, community health outreach, safety net food rations for vulnerable households, district and community capacity building, and improved accountability.

  • FFP partners with the UN World Food Program to assist in part more than 1.93 million individuals affected by recent natural disasters, poor harvests and higher food prices.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2013 $42.0 million 45,302 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $33.4 million 31,397 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $20.7 million 21,220 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $18.0 million 17,190 MT
Fiscal Year 2009 $19.0 million 25,230 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; FY: Fiscal Year; Metric Ton; UNDP: United Nations Development Program; USD: U.S. Dollar; WFP: UN World Food Program
Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of December 2013.

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: May 29, 2014

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