Malawi is expected to experience moderate deficits in domestic food requirements due to reduced food crop prospects caused by flooding and prolonged dry spells this season.
In 17 of the flood-affected districts across the country, poor households are receiving humanitarian assistance from April to July. These flood-affect households are facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) food security outcomes in the presence of humanitarian assistance for the first four months of the outlook period. This assistance is being distributed prior to the annual national food security assessment that is scheduled to take place in June. Poor households in areas impacted by prolonged periods of dryness will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food security outcomes during the outlook period.
Average maize prices in March are stable and at three-year average levels. However between April and September, projected national average maize prices are projected to be about 35 percent higher than the three-year average.