Malawi

Malawi: Emergency Agriculture and Food Security Surveillance System (EmA-FSS) Bulletin, Issue 22: 16–31 March 2021

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The proportion of households relying on food purchase as the main source of food dropped by 14.8 percent from 69.0 percent in the first half of March to 54.2 percent. The proportion of households relying on own food production is likely to surpass those relying on purchase in the coming two weeks. The southern region continued to record the highest proportion of households relying on purchase as the main source of food and dropped by 19.1 percent from 75.9 percent in the first half March to 56.8 percent.

  • Nearly 14.9 percent of households with livestock reported suspected livestock diseases up from 13.3 percent in the first half of March 2021, representing a 1.6 percent increase. The northern region continued to record the highest proportion of households reporting livestock diseases estimated at 19.8 percent up from 15.8 percent in the first half of March. Newcastle disease continues to be the commonly reported livestock disease estimated at 62.7 percent up from 54.3 percent in the first half of March.

  • In the reporting period, the proportion of households involved in fishing related livelihoods activities was 2.1 percent slightly up by 0.1 percent from 2.0 percent in the first half of March 2021. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households involved in fishing related activities estimated at 2.3 percent down from 5.0 percent. 10.8 percent of households involved in fishing related activities reported some suspected fish diseases, a 5.4 percent drop from 16.2 percent in the first half of March. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting suspected fish diseases estimated at 61.5 percent up from 23.3 percent. Districts that reported fish diseases included Chikwawa, Karonga and Nkhata Bay.

  • The average price of maize per kg dropped by 4.3 percent from MK167.52 in the first half of March 2021 to MK160.39. The southern region continues to record the highest maize prices per kg estimated at MK170.3/kg down from MK180.3/kg, dropping by 5.6 percent. Average prices per kg for selected crops were MK775.38/kg down from MK843.75 for rice, MK905.08/kg down from MK930.12 for beans, MK844.26 down from MK922.35 for ground nuts, MK528.36 up from MK476.24 for Irish potatoes, and MK418.42 up from MK358.11 for sweet potatoes compared to the first half of March 2021.