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14 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

8.1 million people food insecure in Eswatini,
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe

4 million people to receive food, cash or vouchers to address immediate lean season needs

Additional USD 212 million required to meet the food needs in the six countries over the lean season (November 2018 - April 2019)

Highlights

09 Nov 2018 description

Lilongwe, 9 November 2018 – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of an imminent disruption of food assistance for 35,000 refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi, urging the international community to commit the US$4.2 million needed to support them in 2019.

02 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In September 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 619 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

  • 3,234 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) received lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

  • 5,821 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treated in the SFP centres.

01 Nov 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Nov 2018 description

Over 3 million people planned to receive humanitarian food assistance through the lean season

Key messages

28 Oct 2018 description

As a key source of income, the majority of Malawi’s population who live in rural areas, rely on smallholder rain-fed agriculture, which is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Henry Msiska is a 49-year-old Lead Farmer from Mziliwanda village in Nchenachena in the northern district of Rumphi. To Msiska, delayed onset of rains is undoubtedly the biggest challenge in his agri-business.

“I remember some years back, the rainy season used to start in November and last in April or May. But nowadays, the rain would start in December and end even before March,” observes Msiska.

27 Oct 2018 description

Yetu Community Radio hit the airwaves at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in the central region district of Dowa on 7th August, 2018 becoming the first Community Radio to be set up in a refugee camp in the Southern Africa region.

UNHCR Malawi Representative, Monique Ekoko, said the radio station will enforce information sharing and enhance development activities at Dzaleka Refugee Camp, which has a population of 35, 000 as well as the host community surrounding the camp.

24 Oct 2018 description

Prices of maize grain levelled off in most markets in the second week of October, partly due to government maize distribution and the trickling in of irrigated (winter) maize grain on the local markets in lower shire and some surrounding areas. However, this supply is likely to be limited due to rainfall deficits that resulted in relatively less residual moisture and water availability, necessary preconditions for winter crop production.

22 Oct 2018 description

19th October 2018: Representatives from Government, the private sector, civil society organisations; the international community and traditional authorities in August met in Lilongwe at a round-table event which challenged them to look at the problems that Malawi is facing and look at possible solutions that would propel the country to achieve SDG 2 by the year 2030.

09 Oct 2018 description

The past may reveal local patterns and triggers of urban risk, highlighting the importance of long-term exposure to everyday events and barriers to risk reduction. A historically grounded response to risk will ensure greater legitimacy and enhance effectiveness of local actions to secure urban resilience.

04 Oct 2018 description

DoDMA making arrangements to dispatch relief items

Strong winds that blew over some parts of Phalombe District on the night of 29th September affected 846 households (approximately 4,653 people).

A report from the District Council indicates that the winds left six people injured.

“Five of the six were treated as outpatients while one was admitted to Holy Family Hospital,” reads part of the report signed by District Commissioner Gossam Mafuta.

02 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In August 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 619 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:

  • 3,870 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) received lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.

  • 4,892 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treated in the SFP centres.

29 Sep 2018 description

Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes projected in central and southern Malawi

Key Messages

29 Sep 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

24 Sep 2018 description

In Numbers

35,421 refugees received food assistance

170,000 households targeted for Food for Assets

41,921 children, adolescents and adults treated for acute malnutrition

880,929 children received school meals

Operational Updates

Refugee Programme

22 Sep 2018 description

The Government of Malawi, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), will from the month of September 2018, undertake a once-off maize distribution exercise targeting acute food-insecure households in 26 districts of the country, pending the final Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report and development of the 2018/2019 Food Insecurity Response Plan.

13 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

In the southern African region, maize prices are already beginning to show mixed trends. In South Africa and Tanzania, maize prices remain below their respective 5 year average (5YA) levels, while in other countries, such as Malawi and Mozambique, maize prices are on an upward trend and closing in on their 5YA levels.

A look at the Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) shows that in both June and July, a few markets in Zambia were already showing signs of stress.