Food Crisis Response

13 October 2023


Following reports that 4.4 million people in Malawi will face food insecurity between now and March ’24, the Government of Malawi has begun distributing maize.

Twenty-three tonnes of maize is being provided to the worst affected communities with a needs-assessment predicting that districts will face between two and six months of acute food shortages.

Malawi’s Department of Disaster Preparedness says the immediate food crisis is the result of a combination of factors including the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Freddy in the Southern and Central Regions disrupting food production, drought due to El Nino in the North, the long-term impacts of Covid and the significant cost of living increases.

Forty million dollars has been provided to Malawi by the World Bank to provide cash transfers to Malawi citizens in greatest need, but there still remains a significant shortfall in being able to respond to this urgent situation and to provide agricultural support for longer-term food production. If SMP Members or their partners have any information they would like to share on the food crisis, please do contact us:

Latest Updates


Malawi: IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis, June 2023 - March 2024, Published on 18 August 2023

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) - Statement of the Socio-economic issues in Malawi. Released on 5 November 2023

Monitoring of prices following the devaluation of the kwacha press release - Competition and Fair Trade Commission of Malawi. Published on 22 November 2023.

Malawi Country Economic Memorandum Calls for Significant Policy Reforms to Achieve Higher Rates of Growth. Published 13 December

Malawi Food Security Outlook Update, December 2023. Published 27 December 2023

El Niño overview: anticipated humanitarian impact in 2024. Published 6 February 2024.

Useful Links

Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP) (launched 20 October 2023) - "The Nation" news article.

Malawi Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) - Facebook Page

Malawi President Takes Steps Toward Eliminating Food Shortages - VOA news, 11 September 2023

Malawi President Dr Lazarus Chakwera - National Address- Press Release, 15 November 2023

What the World Food Programme is doing in Malawi. Published 13 December