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Malawi Price Bulletin April 2014

Maize, rice, and cassava are the most important food commodities. Markets selected represent the entire geographic length of the country: two markets in each of the north, center, and south. In the north, Karonga is one of the most active markets in maize and rice and is influenced by informal cross-border trade with Tanzania. Mzimba is a major maize producing area in the northern region.

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Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Malawi + 9 others
New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

Summary: 9 April 2014, Brussels - A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.

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World + 4 others
10 years of EU and FAO joint work on agriculture and food security

•The European Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have had a steadfast and generous partnership in promoting sustainable rural development to improve the lives of the poor for over ten years.

•The EU is the biggest donor to the FAO, contributing US$1.2 billion to FAO’s field programme from 2008-2013.

•New projects signed between the EU and FAO in 2013 alone amounted to nearly US$ 200 million, of which 87% are funded through the EU’s delegations.

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Malawi Farmers Beat Drought With Year-round Farming

In 2004, WFP implemented a food-for-assest project in Phalombe distict in southern Malawi. Ten years later, the farmers who took part in the project are self-sufficient - no longer left high and dry when the weather turns against them.

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Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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GIEWS Country Brief: Malawi 27-March-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable production prospects for the 2014 maize crop; harvest expected to exceed the previous year’s above‑average level if good weather persists

  • Prices of maize remain high, but some decrease observed in February

  • Approximately 1.9 million people are estimated to be food insecure, but conditions anticipated to improve with the start of the 2014 harvest in April

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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DFID in Malawi : Spring update 2014

NEWS

July 2013

During her visit to Malawi, Lynne Featherstone announced £20 million UK food assistance to help over one million people.

August 2013

Officers from Police Scotland headed up part of the DFID supported Malawi Police Improvement Programme (MPIP), enabling police in Malawi to better address public order issues after riots in 2011. November 2013

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First six countries to benefit from Africa-led fund

Africa Solidarity Trust Fund supports efforts to eradicate hunger, reduce malnutrition and poverty. First $2 million each goes to CAR, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger and South Sudan.

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Focusing On Women And The Environment for A Hunger-free Malawi

This March, WFP joined the global community in honouring International Women’s Month under the theme ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. In Malawi, a country affected by food insecurity and climate change, WFP is empowering women and protecting the environment through the Africa Adaption Programme.

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Norway Assists Malawians Affected By Hunger Due To Poor Harvest

LILONGWE – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed more than US$7.9 million (approximately MK 3.3 billion) to support vulnerable families suffering the effects of poor harvests in Malawi this year.

Norway’s contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) comes in response to last year’s Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report that estimated more than 1.85 million people are in need of food assistance during the current ‘lean season’.

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IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for February with a Forecast till Mid-April, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained active in February in the central outbreak region on the Red Sea coasts and the Horn of Africa. Aerial and/or ground control treated hoppers and swarms on some 50,000 ha in Saudi Arabia, Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen and northern Somalia. Other countries in the region remained calm during this month (DLCO-EA2 , DLMCC/Yemen, FAO-DLIS,
LCC/Oman, PPD/Sudan).

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief March 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

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Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update: Malawi, Updated – January 2014

  • The first round crop estimates from Ministry of Agriculture indicates prospects for a better harvest this year compared to last year and the overall rainfall so far has been good.

  • With the availability of maize in ADMARC markets and local markets, combined with the ongoing humanitarian assistance, prices are expected to decline in February 2014.

  • In January 2014, the national average maize price was MK147.21/kg compared to MK89.39/kg same time last year, showing an increase of 65 percent.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Malawi Price Bulletin March 2014

Maize, rice, and cassava are the most important food commodities. Markets selected represent the entire geographic length of the country: two markets in each of the north, center, and south. In the north, Karonga is one of the most active markets in maize and rice and is influenced by informal cross-border trade with Tanzania. Mzimba is a major maize producing area in the northern region. Salima, in the center along the lake, is an important market where some of the fishing populations are almost entirely dependent on the market for staple cereals.

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Malawi Monthly SitRep #2 Reporting Period: February 2014

Highlights

A rapid food security monitoring exercise conducted by the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) towards the end of January 2014 dispelled earlier concerns that the food insecurity situation was deteriorating especially in areas that are not part of the current humanitarian aid response. The number of food insecure people remains at 1,894,782.

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Japanese Contributions Help Vulnerable Malawian Families As Well As Refugees

Lilongwe - The Government of Japan has renewed its commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing a total of US$2.1 million in support of the most food-insecure and vulnerable people in Malawi, including refugees.

According to the November 2013 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee, more than 1.85 million people do not have enough to eat following a poor harvest caused by bad weather. The high price of maize in 2013, Malawi’s staple food, is also placing pressure on food-insecure families.