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Malawi: Belgium’s contribution through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA)

Published May 23, 2024

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Malawi is facing severe agricultural impacts due to the El Niño phenomenon, which has led to declines in food production and affected over 9 million people. The President declared a state of disaster in 23 out of 28 districts, with the Food and Agriculture Organization receiving support from the Government of Belgium to provide emergency cash-based assistance and climate resilience training to vulnerable farming households in the most affected areas. This initiative aims to support 13,500 people in meeting basic food needs and restoring agricultural production.
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Responding to the impacts of El Niño on the agriculture sector through cash-based interventions Since late-2023, Malawi has been affected by the El Niño phenomenon, which is typically associated with drier conditions in the country. In line with these projections, El Niño has resulted in prolonged dry spells, particularly during February 2024 (corresponding to the peak of the main crops’ growth season), resulting in severe impacts on agricultural production, livelihoods and food security. Following the prolonged dry spells induced by El Niño conditions, in March 2024, the President of Malawi declared a state of disaster in 23 out of 28 districts due to the significant decline in food production. Reports indicate that close to 2 million farming households have been affected, representing over 9 million people. Moreover, conditions have severely damaged crops and prospects of food production, with approximately 749 113 ha of maize crop affected, representing 44.3 percent of national ...
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