This report is jointly produced by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Government of Malawi, the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and humanitarian partners in Malawi.
• In May 2016, the Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment Committee (MVAC) revealed that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population was at risk of food insecurity in 24 of the 28 districts. However, in October 2016, a field assessment to update the situation reported that the number had increased to 6.7 million people.
• WFP’s weekly price monitoring at the end of February shows that maize prices are declining across all the 25 monitored districts compared to previous weeks (from 270 MWK/kg in January to 250 MWK/kg) and were 20 percent lower than the same time last year. However, monthly prices were still 119 percent higher than 2015 prices and 30 percent higher than the previous three-year average.
• Rainfall in January and February resulted in flooding in parts of Lilongwe and Salima, affecting 1008 and 1836 households respectively. The impact was a combination of loss of houses and subsequent displacement, damage to crop fields, roads education and hygiene facilities. The needs are being addressed by government and humanitarian agencies.
• The number of asylum seekers in Malawi continues to increase at a weekly average rate of 15 individuals during January and February for Luwani, and an average monthly rate of 450 during the same period in Dzaleka. There has, however, been a sharp reduction in arrivals in Luwani from its peak in April 2016, with a gradual increase from less than 2000 people in April to 3496 people as of February 2017. The continual increase in Dzaleka camp is a result of the endless insecurity problems in their countries of origin, most of whom come from Congo DR and Burundi, where there is continuous political instability.
• The response continues to be characterized by underfunding and delayed funding, for example, at present with less than one month left of the response, there is a funding gap of 10.5 percent (US$41,336,174.31).