Policy dialogue: Improving Food Security, Diets, and Nutrition through Multi-Sectoral Action

Improving food security and nutrition requires coordinated multi-sectoral action—something which carries an array of complexities and challenges in order to be done effectively. To tackle these challenges and pave a path towards better food security and nutrition, the Malawi offices of Save the Children and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) are convening a >> Read more

New study: Effects of lean-season food transfers on children’s diets and household food security

A newly published study in the Journal of Nutrition uses evidence from a quasi-experiment in Malawi to examine the effectiveness of social programs, such as food transfers, on the quantity and quality of food consumed by poor households. 

Harnessing markets for improved nutrition

Hunger and undernutrition are long standing problems that are difficult to address in Malawi. Can markets be leveraged­—linking producers to consumers and delivering nutrient-dense food—to improve nutrition and food security, especially of the poor? Preliminary results from a recent study, “Harnessing markets for improved nutrition: A Case Study of Zomba,” were presented by Noora-Lisa Aberman >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2016: Sustaining Progress through a Time of Crisis

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger globally, regionally, and by country. Each year the GHI is calculated and used to assess progress. By calling attention to the issue, we hope that the GHI will trigger action to reduce hunger in Malawi and around the world. This year’s >> Read more

Compact2015 Malawi Roundtable Discussion: reports available

In the coming lean season Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation raises the question of what must be done to protect the most vulnerable from the lasting effects of acute undernutrition, as well as how to sustainably address chronic hunger and undernutrition in this country. Compact2025, >> Read more

Compact 2025 Initiative to hold Roundtable Discussion in Malawi

In the coming year Malawi is likely to face its largest humanitarian crisis of the decade. This dire situation, in spite of continued action by government and development partners, raises the question of what must be done to sustainably address hunger and undernutrition in this country. A new IFPRI initiative attempts to answer this question. >> Read more

IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report

The Global Food Policy Report is IFPRI’s flagship publication. This year’s annual report examines major food policy issues, global and regional developments, and commitments made in 2015, and presents data on key food policy indicators. The report also proposes key policy options for 2016 and beyond to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Of particular relevance to >> Read more

MaSSP Report: Mapping the Linkages between agriculture, food security and nutrition in Malawi

In spite of rapid small-holder led economic growth in Malawi over the past decade, almost half of all children under five years of age in Malawi still suffer from undernutrition. Although some of these children may be getting enough to eat in terms of total calories, few are consuming sufficient quantities of nutrient-rich foods—meat, fish, eggs, >> Read more

Challenges to measuring women’s decisionmaking power

There is broad agreement that women's empowerment is an important aspect of addressing the gender gap in agriculture and improving food security and nutrition for the rural poor. Decisionmaking power is seen as fundamental to women's empowerment. Furthermore, women's decisionmaking power is critical to child nutrition, along with nutrition knowledge and access to appropriate foods, because women are usually the caretakers and >> Read more

Working Paper 6: Changes in Food and Nutrition Security in Malawi: Analysis of Recent Survey Evidence

A large proportion of Malawian households are caught in a trap where poverty and food insecurity reinforce one another and where periods of food deficits and severe food crises are frequent occurrences. In recognition of this, the Malawian government has since 2005/06 implemented a large-scale Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP), which supplies half of smallholder >> Read more