Drought led to the most severe food crisis Malawi has faced in a decade: 6.7 million people were food insecure in the peak of the November-March lean season. Food prices rose as more households had to purchase food to meet their needs.

Malawi’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster is assessed to be medium at 4.6/10, according to the 2019 Inform Risk Index. Malawi’s lack of coping capacity is of concern.?

Malawi was categorised as No Severity in July 2017, as the food security situation improved and is expected to continue to improve in  the coming months. The crisis analysis will no longer be updated, but ACAPS continues to monitor Malawi on a weekly basis, due to its underlying vulnerability.

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