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11 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In the month of August 2017 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 615 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 598 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

• 2,841 children aged 6 to 59 months suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were provided with lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

11 Oct 2017 description

By Gina Althoff

Edna Ndalama is a dedicated and energetic smallholder farmer in Malawi’s Machinga district, where she grows and processes maize (corn) into nsima, the country’s staple carbohydrate.

Over the past decade, however, Ndalama has watched her farm’s production decline. In years with good rainfall, the 42-year-old mother of three produces enough maize to last her family only eight to nine months. In drought years, maize production sometimes lasts less than five months—a scary prospect for a family with growing children.

04 Oct 2017 description

4 October 2017, Lilongwe - The Government of Malawi, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) and with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has officially launched a new project to scale up the use of modernized early warning systems and climate information across 21 of the country’s 28 districts.

02 Oct 2017 description

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.

30 Sep 2017 description

Our recent study, conducted to evaluate the performance of PABRA over the last two decades, shows remarkable achievements in terms of productivity and the number of people using improved bean varieties.

Varietal output, proportion of households using the improved bean varieties and the number of improved bean varieties being used by farmers were analyzed.

29 Sep 2017 description

by Charles Mkoka | @chamkoka | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Malawi's government is under pressure to protect rights of farmers to choose local seed as the country revises its farm policies

By Charles Mkoka

LILONGWE, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi's government has given in to mounting pressure to recognise the importance of locally grown and saved crop seeds, as well as commercially produced varieties, as it revises the country's farm policies.

29 Sep 2017 description

Executive Summary

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND BACKGROUND CONTEXT

In just the last 36 years, Malawi has experienced eight major droughts, affecting more than 24 million people1. The impact, frequency, and spread of drought in Malawi have intensified in the past four decades and are likely to worsen with climate change, compounded by other factors, such as population growth and environmental degradation.

27 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Charles Mkoka

LILONGWE, Sep 27 2017 (IPS) - Lydia Katengeza, a community vaccinator with the Nathenje Community Vaccination Association (NCVA), wakes up as early as 5 a.m., ready with her I-2 vaccine vial in a storage container in her hand. She moves from one house to another, visiting each poultry farmer. All of them are alerted a day in advance so that they don’t release their free-range chickens in the morning.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Integrated food security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis shows that 837,000 people are in IPC phase 3 or 4 and will not be able to meet their food requirements from December 2017 to March 2018. The Humanitarian Response Committee is yet to be convened to map out the response

  • WFP continues to work with Government on the finalisation of the Malawi National Social Support Policy framework. The Framework’s designs have a strong focus on resilience and effective social protection systems.

26 Sep 2017 description

Dzaleka, 26 September 2017 - Disability services at Dzaleka Refugee Camp are limited, but Higher Education at the Margins (HEM) alumnus Fidel Musiri is working to fill the gap. In 2011, Fidel was one of the first community members to graduate with a certificate from HEM, an on-site tertiary learning institute jointly implemented by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL).

22 Sep 2017 description

Normal food consumption to continue into the lean period in most parts of the country

Key Messages

18 Sep 2017 description

Highlights:

Improved maize supplies drove national maize and maize meal prices further down in July in all the monitored countries except South Africa (SA) where prices increased by roughly 6 percent. Moreover, national prices were considerably below their respective 5 year aver-age (5YA) except Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.

18 Sep 2017 description

Three United Nations (UN) agencies in Malawi – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and World Food Programme (WFP) – teamed up to expose smallholder farmers to potential markets and link them with other agriculture market value-chain players at the 14th National Agriculture Fair held in August in Blantyre.

16 Sep 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia are collaborating to improve the productivity of staple food crops, such as maize, rice, and legumes.

  • Local farmers are testing new conservation farming technologies, with information on them is shared across the three countries.

  • Patricia Dzimbiri is a farmer in Malawi who has successfully piloted the sustainable farming methods and shared what she has learned with more than 80 other farmers.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • A delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) sites in Mangochi and Zomba districts to observe a comprehensive training session on Integrated Watershed Management approaches.

08 Sep 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most areas across the country are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes, with the exception of some areas in the south. Current outcomes in parts of the south are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to reduced maize and cotton production, as well as slow recovery of livelihoods from the 2016 El Niño induced drought.

05 Sep 2017 description

Activities implemented:

  • Supported two MoAIWD staff to attend a regional course on community-based migratory pest monitoring, who subsequently provided training to 168 Ministry staff at all levels on topics such as identification, biology and migratory behaviour.

  • Formed 200 community-based armyworm forecasting groups and 14 red locust community monitoring groups with about 1 000 members, who received training to broaden and intensify their capacity for migratory pest detection, surveillance, monitoring and preparedness.