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Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts. ― Google

Capital: Lilongwe

Population: 19.13 million (2020) World Bank

President: Lazarus Chakwera

Currency: Malawian kwacha

Continent: Africa

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Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition

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The Malawi IPC Chronic Food Insecurity (CFI) analysis conducted in February 2022 and published in May 2022 projects that approximately 5.4 million people in Malawi are facing moderate or severe chronic food insecurity (IPC 3 & 4). The Southern Region, especially in rural and secondary urban centres, has the highest proportion of the population affected, as its districts are classified as IPC Level 4 (emergency).

The main drivers of food insecurity in Malawi are: recurrent shocks and hazards, particularly floods and prolonged dry spells; poor livelihood strategies; poor policy implementation and high poverty levels (70% of the population living below poverty). 

Floods have been occurring more frequently and more intensely in the last three years, causing damage to infrastructure, loss of crops and livestock, and leading to livelihood asset depletion. In addition, price inflation impacting the availability of food and fertilizers may push Malawi towards a food security crisis with potential repercussions in malnutrition.

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  5,400,000
      Affected Persons

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