Climate change is already evident in Malawi. Projections for the coming decades suggest more erratic and less predictable rains, more frequent and extended dry periods and a gradual increase in average annual temperatures. The vulnerability of Malawians and their ecosystems to the adverse impacts of climate change is increasing with high population, growing poverty levels, poorly managed land, land degradation and increasing deforestation.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has embarked on an ambitious reform effort, USAID FORWARD, to change the way the Agency does business. The seven key reform areas fall under three mutually reinforcing principles.
The Government of Malawi (GOM) has made agricultural development and nutrition top priorities. With President Banda’s leadership, the GOM is focusing investments under her Presidential Initiative on Hunger and Poverty Reduction and the Agriculture Sector Wide Approach to tackle governance issues that unlock latent private sector investment and open up export markets for smallholders.
Malawi is beset by several major health challenges that undermine its growth and development. Its population of 15 million is expected to triple by 2040 at current fertility level of 5.7. Over half of its 15 million people live below the poverty line, and more than a third consume less than the required daily calories, leading to a 47% stunting rate for children under five.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported Malawi’s education sector since independence in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST). Building on this strong partnership, USAID remains committed to working with the Ministry, development partners and civil society to address the educational challenges facing the country today.
Last updated: April 21, 2014