According to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development’s second round of agriculture production estimates, rain fed maize production has been reduced by around 28% for the season in the 2014/15 agricultural season. As result, food insecurity is expected to increase in several districts across the country. The situation is also compounded by the estimated shortage of production of several other staples such as rice, sorghum and millet in several districts.
IDPs are in the process of returning to their communities. A number of organizations are providing return and start up kits to returning IDPs. District authorities are working with communities and local leaders to identify alternative land for resettlement for the flood affected populations who are unable to return to their places of origin.
To date, a cumulative total of 8,566 under-five children with severe acute malnutrition have been admitted in OTP and NRUs supported by UNICEF. Over 93% and 81% of children discharged from OTP and NRU were cured respectively; overall, all the outcome indicators in CMAM is consistent with SPHERE standards of >75% recovery rate except for NRU death rates cumulatively was at 14% above the recommended SPHERE of <10% mortality rate.
UNICEF Malawi appealed for US$ 9,291,292 to support the response to the January floods for an initial three months. Through discussions with donors in country, a total of US$ 5,128,238 has been reallocated from existing resource while US$ 2,001,219 has been received against the appeal leaving a funding gap of US$ 2,594,067 for the response.