Strategies and Goals
A food and nutrition secure Malawi wherever we work.
Malawi in Southern Africa sits along the Western shores of lake Malawi and shares boarders with Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. Agriculture is the most important source of income for the majority of the population, however production can be disrupted by frequent droughts and floods. In 2015 and 2016 long dry spells and droughts caused by the El Niño phenomenon resulted in a major food crisis. Due to this insecurity, Malawi is ranked 90 out of 118 countries in the 2017 Global Hunger Index and due to the high instance of child undernutrition the hunger situation in the country is categorised as ‘serious’.
Welthungerhilfe has been working in Malawi since 2012 and currently works in ten districts in the country implementing projects with three local partner organisations.
52 national staff and 6 international staff members currently work in Welthungerhilfe’s offices in the capital Lilongwe and two project offices in Blantyre and Mzuzu.
Welthungerhilfe currently has five ongoing projects in Malawi, which reach around 134.000 people. Our work is supported by the European Union, the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and deutsche Gesellschaft für interantionale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) along with private foundations and individual donors.
Sectors of Intervention
Welthungerhilfe works to strengthen food and nutrition security by focusing on sustainable agriculture and improving market linkages and value chains for small-scale farmers. Another focus is supporting civil society in Malawi to better advocate for the right to food and also a humanitarian aid component so Welthungerhilfe can respond quickly to crises. Water, sanitation and hygiene is an important cross-cutting theme and it is integrated into all project work and areas.
Agriculture and Environment
Civil Society and Empowerment
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimates that there are around 36,000 refugees in Malawi and this trend is continuing as the volatile situation in countries like Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi continue. Welthungerhilfe is supporting refugees arriving in Malawi by providing vital sanitation facilities like toilet and clean water for washing and drinking at refugee centres and the Dzaleka refugee camp.