Malawi’s new reality: Fall Armyworm is here to stay – Part 2

Part II: Managing pests and threats in the longer term This blog series examines the current state of the Fall Armyworm crisis, which has spread across nearly the whole of Africa. In Part I, we took a closer look at the damage, especially on the maize crop, in Malawi as well as the immediate response. >> Read more

Vacancy Announcement: Seeking two qualified Research Analysts

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)- Malawi is seeking two qualified candidates to serve as a Research Analysts attached to IFPRI Malawi's Strategy Support Program based in Lilongwe. Initial contracts will be for a period of one year. These are research positions requiring a Master's degree in Agricultural/Development Economics or related field, plus 3-5 years >> Read more

Malawi’s new reality: Fall Armyworm is here to stay – Part 1

This blog series examines the current state of the Fall Armyworm outbreak which has spread across nearly the whole of Africa. In Part 1, we take a closer look at the damage, especially on the maize crop, in Malawi as well as the immediate response. In Part 2, we consider why a short-term response alone >> Read more

Impacts of the 2016/17 Food Insecurity Response Programme on maize prices

Following dry spells and crop damage from Fall Armyworm, there is great uncertainty about what this year's harvest will look like. In designing the response to this year's needs, lessons can be learned from the impact of last year’s Food Insecurity Response Programme (FIRP). A recent Brown Bag Research Seminar by IFPRI Malawi’s own Bob >> Read more

Key lessons from the High-Level Compact2025 Forum: Moving from Relief to Resilience

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted the Compact2025 Malawi Forum in Lilongwe, calling upon stakeholders from across Ministries, development and research organizations, and civil society to discuss how Malawi can accelerate progress in moving from food relief to building food system resilience. The Compact2025 initiative aims to end hunger >> Read more

Defining and building resilience in Malawi: how Compact2025 can help

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute will host the 2017 Compact2025 Forum, “Moving from Relief to Resilience: Achieving Sustainable Food Security for Malawi” at the Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe. In August, the Government of Malawi published the National Resilience Plan, to be followed by the forthcoming National Resilience Strategy. >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2017: Sustained improvement yet persistent hunger

Last week, IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide launched the 2017 Global Hunger Index. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool developed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels. Each year, the GHI is calculated and used to measure progress. By tracking progress over time, we hope the GHI can >> Read more

Learning before the next humanitarian crisis: A review of the 2016-17 Food Insecurity Response Program in Malawi

Devastation hits Malawi Unfortunately, 2015 and 2016 were not good years for Malawi or our neighboring countries. What started with late rains and some of the worst flooding in 2015, was immediately followed by severe drought in 2016. Agricultural production plummeted, leaving millions of residents hungry and vulnerable. This was especially devastating for one of >> Read more

Podcast highlights community-based nutrition pilot in Malawi

Nourishing Millions, an IFPRI-led project bringing together narratives of nutrition change,  has released a new podcast episode highlighting a pilot initiative which leverages a community-based approach to tackle acute childhood malnutrition in Malawi. It is part of  the Nourishing Millions podcast series, undertaken in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Public Health, which >> Read more

IFPRI project hosts training on journalism ethics in agriculture

[*Original blog post published on Feed the Future’s Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy website, written by Paida Mpaso, NAPAS: Malawi's communication specialist.] In an effort to improve the quality of journalism and reporting of agricultural issues in Malawi, the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD) offered the latest in a series of >> Read more