Malawi is a nation in crisis. After a long period of drought after heavy flooding last year, around half of the population currently live below the poverty line.
The latest farming season has been very poor, with erratic rains and droughts due to the El Nino weather phenomenon. In April 2016 the President declared a state of disaster due to the decreases in maize production, Malawi’s staple food, leaving over 6.5 million people in need of food aid.
All this will only worsen malnutrition in the country. Malawi, already has high estimated rates of chronic and acute malnutrition. Particularly affected are the over one million people who are HIV positive.
Malawi has also been long-term host to 27,000 refugees, mainly from Burundi and Rwanda. They have been joined by another 11,800 refugees from Mozambique, who have recently fled due to conflict in the country. In particular these people need better access to water and sanitation, health, and shelter.
Tearfund supports eight local partners working across 16 districts in Malawi, resourcing them to offer lasting transformation to communities. Currently, Tearfund supports 11,500 households with a variety of activities that ensure households are resilient to climate change and have enough food for their families.
Among the organisations working with Tearfund in this work are are the Evangelical Association of Malawi, Assemblies of God Care, Ministry of Hope, Eagles, CCAP Synod of Livingstonia and Development Department.
To reach out to households who have been directly affected by the food crisis Tearfund Malawi and its partners are currently seeking to support support 10,000 households (about 50,000 people) at an estimated cost of £500,000.