Southern Africa Regional Food Security Update: Malawi - August 2013

Highlights

  • The final round of crop estimates published in August 2013 does not foresee a production surplus. If this assumption remains correct, the food security situation could become even more critical than expected by MVAC, and more people will be food insecure towards the lean season.

  • The inflation rate in the country is currently standing at 25.2 percent and the market prices for basic food commodities are continuing to increase.

  • Most of the humanitarian interventions in the upcoming emergency response are recommended to be in-kind based, however about 22 Traditional Authorities out of 100 were identified as suitable for cash intervention. Despite that, further macro level analysis is still under process since there is the concern that the low availability of maize and the continuing increase of market prices in the country can be serious limitations for the cash based response.

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