Malawi: Food Insecurity Emergency Plan of Action operation update n° MDRMW012

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 17 September 2015 for CHF 749,268 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 10,000 drought and flood-affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community resilience in two southern districts of Nsanje and Phalombe to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 74,900 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to start up the operations by meeting immediate needs of affected people.

  • In May 2016, the Emergency Plan of Action was revised to a total budget of 3,590,677 Swiss francs to seek the extension of the operation to March 2017 to accommodate the lean season that is anticipated to peak between Sept 2016 and March 2017. In this Plan of Action the number of households to be supported by MRCS increased from 2,000 to 5,000 households, or 25,000 persons.

  • IFRC, on behalf of Malawi Red Cross appealed to various donors to support this Emergency Appeal to enable Malawi RC meet the needs of vulnerable people in affected communities. Support was received from Canadian RC (CHF 25,000), Japanese RC (CHF 24,700), Finnish RC (CHF 32,748), Monaco RC (CHF 5,397), the Netherlands RC (CHF 108,406) and Swiss Red Cross (CHF 357,700) respectively.

  • Operations Update no. 1 was issued on 5 October 2015.

  • Operations Update no.2 was issued on 26 October 2015.

  • Operations Update no.3, issued on 18 April 2016, follows a change of implementation strategy and to extend

the timeframe of the emergency operation to March 2017.

  • This operations update is being issued to highlight implementation to date and the change in geographical coverage of target districts. The Malawi government together with humanitarian agencies agreed on the allocation of operational areas to agencies based on capacity and type of support offered by the agencies. The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report highlighted type of appropriate response to each area (either food or cash transfers). The districts where MRCS was distributing cash were found not to be suitable for CTP. MRCS was therefore given TA Ndakwera in Chikwawa District targeting 2,268 househols (12,474 individuals). The districts (Phalombe and Nsanje) where MRCS operat ed before are currently covered by World Food Programme and World Vision International (WVI) respectively. Unlike in the previous distributions where cash was transferred through Airtel mobile, Chikwawa has no network. MRCS has issued tenders for a bank or money remittance company to do the transfers in Chikwawa district.