Malawi

Presence Country
March 2017

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3: Crisis
4: Emergencia
5: Hambruna
Se estima que seria al menos una fase peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3+: Crisis o peor
Se estima que seria al menos una fase
peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurida d Alimentaria Aguda

Países presenciales:
1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3: Crisis
4: Emergencia
5: Hambruna
Países de monitoreo remoto:
1: Minimo
2: Acentuada
3+: Crisis o peor
Se estima que seria al menos una fase
peor sin ayuda humanitaria actual o programada

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

1: Minimale
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Urgence
5: Famine
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

1: Minimale
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pire
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans
l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Phase d'Insécurité Alimentaire Aiguë

Pays de présence:
1: Minimale
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Urgence
5: Famine
Pays suivis à distance:
1: Minimale
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pire
Serait probablement pire, au moins une phase, sans
l'assistance humanitaire en cours ou programmée

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

1: Minima
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Emergência
5: Fome
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência humanitária em vigor ou programad

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

1: Minima
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pior
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência
humanitária em vigor ou programad

IPC 2.0 Fase de Insegurança Alimentar Aguda Baseado

Países com presença:
1: Minima
2: Stress
3: Crise
4: Emergência
5: Fome
Países sem presença:
1: Minima
2: Stress
3+: Crise ou pior
Poderia ser pior sem a assistência
humanitária em vigor ou programad
Key Messages
  • Food insecure populations in central and southern Malawi continue to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity outcomes, in the presence of humanitarian assistance. Outcomes are expected to improve among households once green consumption begins, followed by the main harvests and consumption of own production. Between April and September, an average 2016/17 harvest is expected and food insecure households will likely transition to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) and Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

  • Average maize  prices have declined by about 11 percent since December.  This decrease is atypical, as five-year price trends show that between December and February prices normally increase by about 30 percent. Factors contributing to these decreases include the large rural population receiving humanitarian assistance and the start of green consumption.

  • First round crop estimates indicate average production among food crops for the 2016/17 season. While maize levels are expected to be near the five-year average, sorghum, millet, and rice production ranges from 5 to 35 percent above five-year average levels. Improvements have also been recorded for tubers, and sweet potatoes will be about 40 percent above average, while cassava will be 5 percent above average. In contrast, estimates are projecting significant reductions in tobacco and cotton production because many farmers have abandoned these crops in recent years. Tobacco production is expected to be 64 percent of average levels and cotton will be 29 percent of average. 

  • Since January, armyworm infestations among cereal crops have continued to cause damage. Damage caused by the fall armyworm resembles that of the stalk borer. The outbreak has now spread countrywide and the damage caused by the pest varies. To date approximately 35,000 hectares of crops, representing about 2 percent of area planted to cereals, has been affected.  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development has intensified control efforts by conducting monitoring exercises, providing pesticides to the affected areas, as well as carrying out sensitization campaigns. Overall damage caused by the armyworms is expected to be minimal due to the timely control measures.

Weather, Climate, and Agriculture

Seasonal Calendar

Markets & Trade

Price Watch
Price Bulletin
February 2017
Cross Border Trade Reports

Production & Trade Flow Maps

Supply and Market Outlook

Livelihoods

Livelihood Zone Map

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.