Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Malawi

November 10, 2015

Food Security Situation

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  • Landlocked Malawi, which ranks 174 out of 187 countries in the 2014 UN Development Program Human Development Index, is a low-income country with 41 percent of the population living in poverty.

  • According to FEWS NET, the MVAC’s annual assessment in July identified that approximately 2.8 million people affected by severe floods and dryness during the 2014/15 season will need humanitarian assistance between October 2015 and March 2016.

  • In the latest FEWS NET monitoring, food prices continue to rise and are projected to be 50 percent higher than the 3-year average from October to December 2015.

Food Assistance Projects

  • Through the Catholic Relief Services-led consortium, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) development food assistance program is assisting 248,000 food insecure households in 284 Malawi communities. The project aims to reduce chronic malnutrition and food insecurity and build resilience among vulnerable populations in all rural traditional authorities in Chikwawa, Nsanje, and rural Blantyre -- three of the most food-insecure, chronically malnourished, and disaster-prone districts of Southern Malawi.

  • The Project Concern International (PCI) led consortium is implementing a FFP-supported project to improve food security among 63,472 vulnerable households in 84 communities in Balaka and Machinga districts. The project focuses on increasing market-oriented agriculture production, improving health and nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children, and improving resilience of vulnerable households.

  • USAID also assists vulnerable populations that have been impacted by the prolonged drought, as well as severe flooding in Malawi, with U.S. in-kind, local and regional procurement of food through the UN World Food Program.


Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $30.5 million 17,155 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $8.9 million 880 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $42.0 million 45,302 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $33.0 million 31,397 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $7 million* 3,600 MT
Title II Emergency $22 million 11,310 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $2.5 million 2,245 MT

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program
Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of October 2015.

*This includes close to $500,000 to support flood-impacted beneficiaries in the two development project areas.


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Last updated: November 10, 2015

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