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Distribution of humanitarian assistance is delayed and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes continue

  • Key Message Update
  • Malawi
  • November 2018
Distribution of humanitarian assistance is delayed and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes continue

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Most southern and some central areas in Malawi are experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food security while the rest of the country is facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes. According to the MVAC, 3.3 million people will likely need humanitarian assistance during the lean season. These households have little to no food stocks and have below-average incomes to buy food from the market.

    • After the short-term improvement in food security outcomes from food assistance delivered in late October/beginning of November, most households are once again relying on market purchases for food. The procurement of maize and logistical costs have been secured by the government to distribute assistance through March. However, there have been delays in the delivery of assistance. Based on available information, assistance will likely be delivered in late December.

    • Maize grain prices continue to remain atypically stable for the second consecutive month due to food assistance decreasing market demand and the irrigated maize harvest. The harvest contributed to a small increase in localized maize availability. However, on average maize grain prices remain up to 60 percent higher than last year’s prices. Price stability was also recorded among other food commodities such as rice, beans, and cassava across most monitored markets.

    • The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS) indicates central and southern areas are experiencing an erratic onset of rainfall, delaying land preparation and planting activities. The WRSI indicates the start of season is currently 10 days late in southern areas and yet to start in the center and northern areas. Along with the occurrence of a weak El Niño, the DCCMS also forecast dry spells in the south and central areas with flooding possible in northern areas with the forecast of average to above-average rainfall.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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