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Malawi: WFP Malawi Country Brief, October 2018

Source: World Food Programme Country: Malawi
In Numbers 34,582 refugees received food 170,000 households targeted by Food for Assets 39,000 participants targeted by R4 Rural Initiative 84,607 children, adolescents and adults treated for acute malnutrition Operational Updates General Updates • WFP joined the rest of the world to mark World Food Day on 16 October which was celebrated in Nkhotakota District, Central Malawi, with the theme: “My actions My Future: A Zero Hunger World is possible by 2030”. Refugee Programme • A total of 34,582 refugees received food in Dzaleka camp in October. The repatriation of 3,362 refugees from Mozambique, which began on 20 September, was finalised on 24 October. • WFP requires USD 4.2 million to provide the required food assistance from January to December 2019 for approximately 35,000 refugees. The situation will become critical by January 2019. Resilience Programme • Food Assistance for Assets (FFA): In October, Implementation focused on land resource management, forestation and homestead activities in preparation for the rainy season. Overall progress has been positive with over 60 percent of assets created. • R4 Rural Resilience Initiative: Reaching over 39,000 participants, insurance for asset (IFA) activities, where beneficiary households work on asset creation as a condition for earning premiums, and pricing for weather index insurance to trigger compensation for participating households based on defined weather parameters, have been completed for the 2018/19 season. • Climate Services: WFP accessed the seasonal rainfall forecasts for the six districts benefiting from Climate Services. Based on the forecasts, Planning and Review Days (PnR) were conducted where agriculture extension workers and other stakeholders assessed the seasonal rainfall forecasts and developed agro-advisories for farmers’ decision-making for 2018/2019. • Smallholder Agriculture Market Support (SAMS): WFP has purchased 400 mt of maize worth USD 82,418 from 10 smallholder farmer organizations as part of a total of 966 mt of maize to be purchased through conditional contracts by end-December 2018. • Forecast-based financing: WFP has collaborated with Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), in supporting the Government with action plans to make forecast based financing a reality for smallholder farmers.

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