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October 25, 2013
Food Security Situation
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.
Households have faced atypically high staple food prices since the start of the 2013/14 consumption season in April. Food prices are unlikely to decrease given estimated lower than expected production levels in the central and northern region.
In localized areas of the northern, central, and southern regions of the country that had lower harvests in 2012/13, most poor households currently depend on market purchases for their basic food needs and are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to higher food prices and limited labor opportunities. Between October and December many of these households are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).
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 3.24 million individuals affected by recent natural disasters and higher food prices.
Food for Peace 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 2013 Contribution Breakdown:
|U.S. Dollars||Metric Tons|
|Title II Development||$16.5 million||17,230 MT|
|Title II Emergency||$9.4 million||5,130 MT|
|Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)||$16.0 million||22,942 MT|
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 October 2013.
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: October 25, 2013