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Malawi: Food Insecurity Response Plan (FIRP), June 2016


For the period from July 2016 to March 2017, Malawi faces a hazard-related food security and nutrition emergency coming on top of the devastating floods in 2015. Responding to the situation, the President of Malawi declared a State of National Disaster on 12 April 2016 and appealed for humanitarian relief assistance from the international community and the private sector.

This Food Insecurity Response Plan (FIRP), developed by the Government of Malawi in collaboration with the UN and NGOs through the humanitarian clusters, identifies food security, nutrition, agriculture, health, education and water and sanitiation (WASH) as the key priorities for immediate assistance. As of now, the ongoing dry spell related to the El Nino phenomenon is affecting about 1.8 million people in need of agricultural inputs to restore their livelihoods. An estimated 500,000 people have no access to safe drinking water. About 31 per cent of the cultivated land was affected by the drought, of which 13 per cent was severely affected. Nutrition and increased mortality rates are of particular concern in 24 out of a total of 281 districts. About 975,000 children aged 6-23 months, pregnant and lactating women are particularly at risk of food insecurity and malnutrition and nutritional treatment and a total of 6.5 million people including vulnerable groups such as people living with HIV are in urgent need of humanitarian food assistance until the next harvest in March 2017.

July 2016 – March 2017

6.5 million
People in need of humanitarian aid

6.5 million
People targeted for humanitarian aid in this

2.4 million
Farmers completely lost their production

children and Women in need of nutrition assistance

24 districts
affected and in need of assistance

Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
Government of Malawi
Original Publication Date: 
13 Jul 2016
Document type: 
Other Response Plans (FLASH)
Humanitarian Assistance
Information Management
Natural Disasters