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  • Impact ?
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  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
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  • Complexity ?
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  • Access Constraints ?
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Key figures

  • 7,539,000 People affected [?]
  • 3,280,000 People in Need [?]



5.4 million people are facing (IPC CFI Levels 3 or 4) of food insecurity in 2022. Floods, dry spells, and declining livelihood opportunities resulting from the impact of COVID-19 have been intensifying the food security crisis in Malawi since 2019. The south of the country is most affected..?

The economic situation in Malawi has been deteriorating. Following a 20% spike in fuel prices in September 2021, prices of basic items such as cooking oil, cassava, and firewood increased. Several antigovernment protests to denounce the high cost of living and high unemployment rates have been taking place since November 2021 and are expected to continue. Shortages in fuel and some basic items and a further increase in prices are expected following the impact of Tropical Cyclone Ana, which hit the country on 24 January. The storm has disrupted the supply chain and affected infrastructure, agricultural land, and livestock.?

The food insecurity situation is projected to worsen between October 2022 and March 2023.?

Latest Developments


3.8 million people (20% of the population) are projected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and worse food insecurity levels from October 2022 to March 2023, a 12% increase compared to October 2021 to March 2022. With worsening food insecurity, women and girls face a higher risk of sexual exploitation and early marriages.?



Health: COVID-19 remains an immediate public health risk across the country despite the decreasing number of cases. Other disease outbreaks are common in Malawi, such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea, tuberculosis, and scabies. Response in sexual and reproductive health is equally needed. ?

Nutrition: Over 37% of children in Malawi experience stunting because of malnutrition. Undernourishment increases the risk of being affected by illnesses, especially respiratory infections. ?

Food: Food remains the highest priority for the Malawians as continued poor harvests will affect food availability and nutrition levels.?