Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Malawi

August 21, 2014

Food Security Situation

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

  • Overall, food is available across much of the country and access to that food continues to improve as prices decline and food supplies reach local markets.

  • However, during the 2013/14 planting season two zones experienced prolonged dryness and an early end to the rains, resulting in production shortfalls in localized areas. Food security conditions are likely to deteriorate and will result in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) between July and September 2014.

Food Assistance Programs

  • Through a Catholic Relief Services-led consortium, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) 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 Catholic Relief Services 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. This program closed in FY 2014.

  • FFP is currently partnering with the UN World Food Program to assist 1.2 million individuals affected by drought and poor harvest.


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 $2.02 million 880 MT
Title II 202e $4.98 million ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP)    

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program
Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of July 2014.

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: August 21, 2014

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