Sign up today to join our online community, receive email alerts, and make a difference!

WFP Malawi: Together for a better tomorrow, food and nutrition security for all

Promoting sustainable school meals

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.

Prevention of Chronic Malnutrition - Right Foods at the Right Time

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.

Disaster risk reduction for food security: a priority for WFP Malawi

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.

Supporting local farmers through the Purchase for Progress (P4P)

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. 

MVAC response through cash for food

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.

Assistance to Refugees

In 2012 WFP provided food on a monthly basis to more than 15,000 refugees at Dzaleka.

WFP Malawi's vision statement is that Malawi has a well nourished, educated and resilient population with equitable and adequate food availability and access. WFP's priorities in Malawi include: nutrition and social support for vulnerable groups, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation for food security, and agricultural market support.