Drought has led to the most severe food crisis Malawi has faced in a decade: 6.5 million people (40% of the population) are expected to be food insecure in the November-March lean season. Food prices continue to rise as more households have to purchase food to meet their needs. Typhoid and cholera cases are reported across the country.

INFORM measures Malawi’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be medium, at 4.8/10. Malawi’s lack of coping capacity is of particular concern at 6.4/10 as well as vulnerability at 6.3/10.?

Latest Developments

No significant updates 28/04. Last updated 20/04.

Improved food security outcomes are expected to continue during the peak lean season. In the absence of humanitarian assistance, areas in central and southern Malawi would experience Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes.?

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Key figures

  • 6,700,000 In need of food assitance  [?]
  • 6,500,000 In need of health and nutrition assistance  [?]

Key priorities

  • Food security due to poor agricultural performance and high food prices.?
  • Nutrition due to food unavailability, water scarcity, poor hygiene, and frequent childhood illnesses.?
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Information Gaps and needs

  • No detailed information on which areas are most affected by food insecurity.
  • No data on where most cases of severe acute malnutrition have been reported.
  • No information on the number of typhoid cases.
  • Information on cross-border trafficking between Malawi and Mozambique comes from mid-2015.
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