The source of food for Malawians is corn. Each village allows families to farm plots of land around the community.
Taken from: https://www.usaid.gov/malawi/food-assistance
- In southern Malawi, 868,900 individuals were affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in early March 2019 and resulted in heavy rainfall and flooding, destroying houses, crops, and infrastructure. As a result, vulnerable households in flood-affected areas are expected to face Crisis (IPC 3) levels of acute food insecurity through January, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.* Despite an estimated loss of 175,000 acres of crops due to flooding, the overall 2019 crop harvest is projected to be well above 2018 production, sustaining Minimal (IPC 1) levels of food insecurity across areas of the country less-affected by flooding.
- According to a recent IPC Technical Working Group analysis, more than one million people, primarily in southern Malawi, are expected to face Crisis levels of acute food insecurity through the October-to-March lean season, the period when food is most scarce.
- Malawi hosts nearly 39,000 refugees, primarily from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda, the majority of whom are dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their food needs.
*The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) is a standardized tool that aims to classify the severity and magnitude of food insecurity. The IPC scale, which is comparable across countries, ranges from Minimal (IPC 1) to Famine (IPC 5).
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