Malawi

Malawi: COVID-19 Rapid Response - Emergency Agriculture Food Surveillance System (EmA-FSS) [August 2021 Highlights]

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The proportion of households relying on purchase as the main source of food at the household level was 27.3 percent, which is 21.9 percentage points lower than the 49.2 percent reported in the same month last year but higher than the 21.6 percent reported in the previous month of July. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households relying on purchase at 40.4 percent, which is lower than the 60.9 percent reported in the same month last year and is higher than the 33.7 percent reported in the previous month of July.

  • The proportion of households owning any livestock including poultry was 58.1 percent, which is higher than the 53.2 percent reported in the same month last year and is also higher than the 55.6 percent reported in the previous month of July. The northern region continues to record the highest proportion of households owning livestock estimated at 73.5 percent, which is higher than the 70.9 percent reported in the period last year but lower than the 75.4 percent in July 2021. The proportion of households reporting some suspected livestock diseases was 21.2 percent, which is slightly higher than the 20.2 percent in the same period last year but higher than the 17.8 percent reported in the previous month of July 2021. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting some suspected livestock diseases estimated at 27.9 percent up from 23.9 percent in August 2020.

  • The proportion of households involved in fishing related activities was 2.7 percent, which is higher than the 1.7 percent reported in the previous month of July. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households involved in fishing related activities estimated at 4.6 percent. Among the households involved in fishing related activities, the proportion of households reporting suspected fish diseases was estimated 17.8 percent, which is similar to 17.7 percent reported in the previous month of July. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting suspected fish diseases (46.5 percent).

  • The average price of maize per kilogram is in the month estimated at MK140.92, which is 17.6 percent lower than the MK171.02/kg reported same time last year. The average maize prices per kg is higher than the MK129.97 recorded in the month of July 2021. The southern region recorded the highest maize prices per kg estimated at MK161.55, which is 13.4 percent lower than the MK186.54/kg reported same time last year.