As part of WFP’s sustainable school meals programme, schools are purchasing variety foods produced in their catchment areas. This is helping to diversify children’s diets, improve farmers' access to markets and benefit the local economy and the community as a whole.
WFP and its partners in Malawi are beginning a three-year partnership called 'Building the Future for Children under Two - the Right Foods at the Right Time Initiative'. The programme is targeting pregnant and nursing women; and children under the age of two in one district. The programme is helping combat stunting by focusing on the vital first 1,000 days of young children's lives.
In the 2013-2016 period, WFP Malawi plans to support some 175,000 vulnerable people living in disaster-prone areas through investment in disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation. Activities include small-scale irrigation, reforestation, land management, crop diversification and fish farming.
Smallholder farmers are responsible for 80 percent of food production in Malawi. Through its P4P initiative, WFP purchases commodities from such farmers, thus connecting them to markets and enabling them to increase their incomes.
During the 2012/2013 lean season, WFP disbursed cash through mobile phones and banks to enable more than 100,000 people meet their food needs. Cash transfers are useful in areas where food is available but where people have low purchasing power.