Malawi: Nutrition Profile

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A young Malawi boy eats a snack. Photo credit: Megan Collins, Catholic Relief Services.
  • Malawi

    Flag of Malawi

  • Population

    18.1 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    2.8 Million

  • % Stunting

    37% Of Children Under 5

  • % Wasting

    3% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Megan Collins, Catholic Relief Services

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. While Malawi has demonstrated advances in reducing acute malnutrition (estimated to be 3 percent in 2017), policymakers remain concerned about the consequences of undernutrition in the country, where 37 percent of children are stunted (have low height-for-age), according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) (NSO and ICF 2017).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of April 2020, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Malawi:

  • Alliance for Inclusive and Nutritious Food Processing (AINFP)
  • Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab
  • Feed the Future Malawi Agriculture Diversification (AgDiv)
  • Feed the Future Strengthening Agricultural and Nutrition Extension in Malawi (SANE)
  • Health Communication for Life (HC4L)
  • Health Policy Plus (HP+)
  • Organized Network of Services for Everyone's Health Activity (ONSE)
  • BHA DFSA: Titukalane
  • Tiwalere II


For more information, read the Malawi country profile [PDF, 179KB].

Last updated: August 20, 2021

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