Malawi - Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) : National Food Security Forecast: April 2013 to March 2014
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, estimates that Malawi will produce 3,639,866 MT of maize during the 2012/2013 growing season A surplus of 194,340 MT will be available during the 2013 to 2014 consumption year.
The MVAC annual assessment and analysis results indicate the 21 districts namely: Karonga, Mzimba and Rumphi in the Northern Region; Dedza, Dowa, Kasungu, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Nkhotakota and Salima in the Central Region and Balaka, Blantyre, Chikhwawa, Chiradzulu, Phalombe, Machinga, Mangochi, Mwanza, Neno,Nsanje and Zomba in the Southern Region will face food deficits ranging from 2 to 5 months.
MVAC projects that 1,461, 940 people in the 21 districts will be food insecure across the country requiring about 57,346 MT of maize equivalent.
Maize prices have been generally high for first quarter of the consumption year; ranging from MK60 to MK150 per kilogramme.
The food security situation will be monitored on a monthly basis, but a major update is scheduled for October, 2013.