Action Against Hunger has been present in Malawi since 2016

Malawi

1.4 million people will not be able to meet their food needs in 2017/18

 

Country Overview

Malawi is the third most affected country by climate change, suffering from both extreme drought and floods. 6.7 million People do not have access to sufficient food and are at extreme risk of malnutrition. The instability in the crops makes it hard for families to have a steady influx of both livelihood and food. Corn is one of the main harvests in the country, but drought and erratic rainfall has had a dramatic impact on the production rates as they dropped by 27% in 2015. Families are forced to sell their assets as food prices rise and many do not have access to health services, which in turn leaves entire communities vulnerable to malnutrition.

Following an in depth assessment of the population, studies show 1.4 million people (7% of the population) will not be able to meet their food needs in 2017/18.

 

442,087
People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Action Against Hunger has been present in Malawi since 2016, with a core focus on supporting communities most affected by periods of extreme drought and floods. The effects of climate change have completely transformed areas of the country, putting pressure on the country infrastructure and impacting communities who rely on crops. 

During 2017, our in-country teams provided support to more than 300,000 people through emergency interventions for those affected by drought and to support the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. We work in partnership with the Malawian government and local authorities, responding to the alarming increase in numbers of severely malnourished children. These partnerships allow us to both strengthen the existing health care options and have a further reach, enabling us to screen and treat larger numbers of children suffering from malnutrition.

Some of the programmes we currently run in Malawi include:

  • Screening and treating children for malnutrition
  • Providing emergency nutrition intervention
  • Agricultural programmes focusing on helping farmers and families depending on crops to recover from drought and floods
  • Programmes to build up resilience to future floods and drought 

 

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Photos: Susana Vera for Action Against Hunger

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Facts

Number of staff
36
Operating since
2016
Based in
Abidjan (and surrounding districts)