8 November 2013: For the second time in 2013, Malawi has suffered late rains, prolonged dry spells and flooding. The climate shocks, coupled with high market prices for fuel, seeds and fertilizer have meant that less was planted and even more less harvested, causing severe food insecurity. United Nations reports estimate that some 1.46 million Malawians are affected.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$8,049,782 to three United Nations agencies.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have received allocations of $190,426 and $5,835,472, respectively, to distribute food.
With an allocation of $2,023,884, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will provide essential agricultural inputs. FAO will also provide training packages to enable farming households to better cope with future shocks associated with floods or drought.
The allocations are expected to help 937,337 people.