Malawi mVAM Bulletin #11: November 2016 - Food security remains fragile as purchasing power deteriorates in the central and northern regions


Key points:

  • Negative coping levels slightly increased across the country

  • Maize prices remain stable amid good supply of the grain in ADMARC markets

  • New admissions into moderate acute malnutrition treatment programmes affected by referral challenges and lack of food stocks

Situation Update

The Food Security Cluster has planned to start supporting the additional 200,267 vulnerable people identified by the 2016 October Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee Assessment in December. It’s recommended that a further 330,000 vulnerable people should switch from cash based transfers to inkind food transfers. Meanwhile a National Contingency Plan (NCP) has been finalized that reflects the likely impacts of the changing weather patterns as forecasted by the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS). The NCP has prioritized four hazards: floods, prolonged dry spells, disease outbreak and strong winds. All hazards in the contingency plan have three scenarios; for floods and prolonged dry spells, the most likely scenario envisages that between 40,000-75,000 households and 40,000-70,000 households affected, respectively.