Malawi In Brief

Last updated: March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

On February 24, the U.S. government funded Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Nutrition in Malawi supported the release of Malawi’s first official national food composition table. The table describes the nutritive value of 316 locally produced and imported foods commonly consumed in the country. It captures information for 42 nutrient components, of which the source of data for 63 percent is information generated from local analyses of foods. Since May 2016, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural resources has worked hand in hand with South African Food Data System (SAFOODS) to develop the Malawian food composition database through an extensive process of research, data gathering, and compilation, using the methodology endorsed by international organizations such as INFOODS and FAO.

October 29, 2019

During their recent tour to southern Africa, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent time in Malawi where they engaged in a variety of field visits.  Among the site visits, HRH Prince Harry visited a health clinic that is using one of USAID’s “pharmacy-in-a-box” storage facilities.  A joint project between USAID and DFID, the project was launched in response to a Ministry of Health assessment that found that over 77 percent of Malawi’s health facilities lacked adequate storage space for health commodities.  Over the course of the joint project, 115 units were installed in 2016, and then in 2018/19 an additional 238 units were installed, 117 of which are off-grid and solar powered. 

September 10, 2019

On August 19, 2019, USAID’s Strengthening Higher Education Access in Malawi Activity (SHEAMA) facilitated the historic signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between four Malawian public universities to strengthen collaboration in widening higher education access through Open, Distance, and e-learning (ODeL). The four universities, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Mzuzu University (MZUNI), and University of Malawi (Chancellor College and the Polytechnic), represented by their respective Vice-Chancellors,  committed to undertake collaborative efforts to exponentially increase access to relevant, quality higher education; enhance cost-efficiency in delivering ODeL programs; promote complementarity of programs; and enhance student success.

August 1, 2019

USAID/Malawi is a phase II CDCS country and is crafting a youth development objective to address a Malawian population where more than 60 percent of citizens are 24 or younger. On July 14th, Agency Youth Coordinator Mike McCabe and two youth experts from the Global Health Office - Linda Sussman and Laurette Cucuzza - traveled to Malawi to: a)  consult with USAID/Malawi staff on challenging design aspects of a Youth DO, and b) deliver a two-day Positive Youth Development (PYD) training for key USAID/Malawi technical and implementing partner staff. Twenty-one participants completed the course and are now ready to employ USAID’s PYD methodology to their forthcoming work under the CDCS Youth DO.

June 27, 2019

Jim Richardson, Assistant to the Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL), and Chris Maloney, Deputy Assistant to the Administrator for PPL traveled to Malawi from May 8-10, 2019 to support the development of the results framework for USAID/Malawi’s draft Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) and to engage with Government of Malawi (GoM) officials on USAID’s Journey to Self Reliance (J2SR) approach. During their visit, Jim and Chris participated in CDCS meetings, met with locally employed staff, conducted site visits to multiple projects in Nkhoma, and consulted with USAID/Malawi leadership and GoM officials regarding integrating J2SR principles into future development work.