Food crisis in Malawi

Poor harvests and severe food shortages have hit what is already one of the poorest countries in the world. Your help is needed today!
Already suffering years of drought and irregular rainfall, recent heavy rains and flooding have made an already tragic situation significantly worse. Maize, rice, millet and other vital crops have been washed away, leaving vulnerable families with no food.

The situation in Malawi has reached a point where there is a grave danger of starvation and disease. Children, increasingly too weak to attend school, are, as ever, most vulnerable in the face of disasters such as this.

Plan has been working in Malawi since 1994. We work with 16,899 families in 63 communities in Lilongwe, Kasungu and Mzimba districts. Malawi is considered one of the poorest countries in the world with over 60% of the population living below the poverty line as defined by the World Bank.

Programs have focused on assisting families and communities to produce more food through:

  • Promoting the production of high-yielding maize varieties
  • Promoting the production of a variety of fruits and vegetables
  • Distributing farm inputs such as fertilizers and seeds
  • Encouraging the adoption of water conservation practices as well as composting techniques.

Plan's field staff are monitoring the situation and the level of malnutrition of children and families, threatened by prevalent diseases such as malaria and cholera. Some families are leaving their communities in search of work and food while children are not enrolled in school while they attend to more pressing matters, like meeting their basic needs.

Conditions are now becoming so severe that we have been asked to raise extra funds to provide additional support for the families we work with in Malawi, before the situation gets out of control.

Plan's Emergency Response

Plan is working together with regional authorities in food distribution, and we are in discussion with the World Food Programme, the International Save the Children Alliance and ActionAid to identify sources of food and the best ways to safely deliver maize and food supplements to the most needy families.

Together with our local partners, we will be able to purchase maize and food supplements in neighboring countries and organize the transport to local communities, while community members identify the most vulnerable families, and ensure that the food reaches them first.

With your help, we aim to provide families in Plan-assisted communities, with maize and Likuni Phala, a nutritious food supplement high in proteins.