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Malawi Food Security Update
September 2009
US Agency for International Development (USAID), Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) as the source of this report: http://www.fews.net


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  • Following the MVAC assessment results, the government has approved free food distribution to all the people experiencing food insecurity in the districts of Balaka, Chikwawa, and Nsanje. The humanitarian response, implemented with the leadership of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), should cover the whole population at risk, currently at 142,492.

  • The food security situation is expected to remain favorable in most parts of the country because of the best harvest in more than five years. Due to huge stocks in the Strategic Grain Reserves (SGR) and substantial maize stocks in the hands of private traders and ADMARC compared to previous years, the government is in a position to respond to any pockets of food insecurity without external imports.

  • The government has lifted the maize export ban, and as a result, private traders are planning to export some maize grain through the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA), the government agency responsible for managing the SGR. This will ensure that the government monitors the quantity of maize grain exports.

  • The Department of Climate Change and Meteorology has announced that the overall 2009/2010 rainfall season is likely to be normal to above normal in the north and normal to above normal in the south, with a 25 percent chance to be below normal. This means that the 2009/2010 rainfall season is projected to be generally good for agricultural production, as in recent years. However, floods may occur in the north, while chances for drought conditions are likely in the central and southern part of the country.

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