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Main Funder: World Food Programme
Where: Malawi

Humanitarian food assistance in Malawi

Food insecurity in Malawi is critically impacting millions of people who cannot acquire enough food to survive through the coming months.

Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing the worst drought in over 30 years; a situation now worsened by the El Niño weather phenomenon. In April of 2016, Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika declared the ongoing severe drought a national disaster that has resulted in a food insecurity crisis impacting nearly 3 million people. Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), in partnership with the World Food Programme, is addressing the emergency food crisis.

CPAR will provide a specifically targeted vulnerable population of 113,594 people in 20,653 households with emergency food aid or cash distribution for food purchase, helping them survive the coming lean season. The project will take place in the highly impacted rural Mzimba District, Malawi.

Project Goal

To improve the food insecurity status of 20,653 households (113,594 people) to meet their missing food need through food response in Mzimba District From 3 months to zero thereby improving their food consumption by March, 2017.

To improve nutritional status, knowledge, attitude and practices of 20,653 targeted households with special focus on pregnant and lactating women (PLW) and children under 2 through provision of fortified blends, nutrition related messaging and trainings on food preparations, food conservation / utilization and diet diversification.

To improve asset base of 20,653 vulnerable populations (approximately 113, 594people) through provision of food support and of implementation of long term resilient building interventions.

Why this project is important

Food insecurity in Malawi is critically impacting millions of people who cannot acquire enough food to survive through the coming months.

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief (CPAR), in partnership with the World Food Programme, is addressing the emergency food crisis.

Sub-Saharan Africa has been experiencing the worst drought in over 30 years; a situation now worsened by the El Niño weather phenomenon. In April of 2016, Malawi President Arthur Peter Mutharika declared the ongoing severe drought a national disaster that has resulted in a food insecurity crisis impacting nearly 3 million people.

The rise in commodity prices and the effects of climate change are exacerbating food insecurity in Malawi. Farmers are unable to grow enough food to sustain their families, while inflation is putting the cost of basic food items beyond the reach of families.

Between the months of September and October of 2016, the number of people who are depending on feeding programs for survival has nearly doubled from 1.7 million to 3 million people. This number is expected to rise. It is now lean season (January – March), farmers must wait until March or April to harvest their next crop cycle.

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