Malawi

Malawi: COVID-19 Rapid Response - Emergency Agriculture Food Surveillance System (EmA-FSS) [September 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 34.0 percent, which is 21.1 percentage points lower than the 55.1 percent reported in the same month last year but higher than the 27.3 percent reported in the month of August 2021. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households relying on purchase at 48.1 percent, which is lower than the 66.8 percent recorded during the same period last year and is higher than the 40.4 percent recorded in the month of August 2021.

  • The proportion of households owning any livestock including poultry was 58.3 percent, which is lower than the 61.0 percent reported during the same period last year and is similar to the 58.1 percent in August 2021. The northern region continues to record the highest proportion of households owning livestock estimated at 77.3 percent, which is similar to the 77.1 percent reported same month last year but higher than the 73.5 percent reported in August this year. The proportion of households reporting some suspected livestock diseases was 23.1 percent, which is lower than the 25.5 percent reported in the same month last year but higher than the 21.2 percent recorded in August this year. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting some suspected livestock diseases estimated at 26.2 percent up from 24.1 percent reported in the same month last year.

  • The proportion of households involved in fishing related activities was 1.9 percent, which is lower than the 3.6 percent reported in September 2020 and is also lower than the 2.7 percent reported in the month of August 2020. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households involved in fishing related activities estimated at 3.7 percent down from 4.6 percent in the previous month. In households involved in fishing activities, the proportion of households reporting suspected fish diseases was 24.4 percent, which is lower than the 53.5 percent reported same month last year and is also higher than the 7.8 percent reported in August 2020. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting suspected fish diseases (45.1down from 46.5 percent in August 2020).

  • The average price of maize per kilogram was MK146.19, which is 21.0 percent lower than the MK185.06/kg reported during the same period last year. The average maize prices per kg is higher than the MK140.92 recorded in the month of August 2021. The southern region continued to record the highest maize prices per kg estimated at MK161.59 down from MK202.80 reported in the same month last year).