Malawi: Acute Food Insecurity Situation July - September 2020 and Projection for October 2020 - March 2021
Flooding, dry spells and COVID-19 impact food security situation for urban and rural households
01.07.2020 > 31.03.2021


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In the current period (July to September 2020), around 10% of the population (1.69 million people) are facing high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3) or higher and require urgent action to reduce food gaps, protect and restore livelihoods, and prevent acute malnutrition. Out of the 32 areas analysed, including 28 districts and four cities, 30 areas are classified in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), while two areas (Chitipa and the Island of Likoma on Lake Malawi) are classified in No Acute Food Insecurity (IPC Phase 1).

During the projected period of October 2020 to March 2021, around 15% of the population (2.62 million people) are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or higher. All the analysed cities (Lilongwe, Blantyre, Mzuzu and Zomba), along with the three rural districts of Nsanje, Neno and Balaka, will likely be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). Whilst the remaining areas are likely to be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). Those classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) include poor urban and rural households in the deficit-producing southern region, as well as some parts of the northern, and central districts. These areas have experienced floods and dry spells that caused a production shortfall and led to a slow livelihood recovery from previous seasons. The impacts of COVID-19 mitigation measures have also had an effect on remittance- dependent households.

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