FAO’s role in the Preliminary Response Plan for Malawi (January 2015)

FAO’s role in the Preliminary Response Plan for Malawi (January 2015)

03/02/2015

Malawi is regularly hit by natural disasters such as floods and drought – approximately 26 000 people are affected by floods each year. Some 86 percent of the country’s population relies on agriculture-based livelihoods to meet their food and income needs.

These families are often hardest hit by floods, which wash away their crops and livestock and leave them without the means to feed themselves. The above-normal rains and resulting floods in southern Malawi since early January 2015 have already caused severe damage, destroying homes and infrastructure, displacing families, washing away livestock and submerging croplands.

This year, the floods occurred relatively early in the rainy season and have affected an estimated 116 000 farmers to-date. As the rains continue and further flooding is possible, urgent assistance is crucial to protect and restore agricultural livelihoods. Without immediate support, affected farmers will have no source of food or income and will be reliant on external assistance to meet their needs until the next harvest in March/April 2016.