Malawi: Agriculture and Food Security Emergency Surveillance System (EmA-FSS) Bulletin, Issue 36: October 16-31, 2021 – Malawi


  • The proportion of households relying on purchase as their main source of food at the household level was 37.0 percent, 27.1 percentage points lower than the 64.1 percent recorded in the same period of the year last and slightly lower than the 37.5 percent reported in the first half of October. 2021. The southern region continued to record the highest proportion of households dependent on purchase as their main source of food (49.5% compared to 73.1% in the same period last year and is also lower than 50.8% reported in the first half of October 2021).

  • In households with any type of livestock, the proportion of households reporting suspected animal diseases was 20.4 percent, which is relatively lower than the 21.0 percent recorded during the same period last year and slightly lower than the 20.5% recorded in the first half of October 2021. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting livestock diseases estimated at 24.5%, which is similar to the 24.6% reported in during the first half of October 2021.

  • The proportion of households involved in subsistence activities related to fishing was 2.6%, which is lower than the 3.3% recorded in the same period last year but higher than the 1.7% recorded in the first half of October 2021. The northern region recorded the highest proportion. of households involved in fishing-related activities (6.0 percent vs. 3.3 percent reported in the first half of October 2021). Households involved in fishing-related activities reporting some suspected fish diseases have fallen to 6.4 percent from 17.6 percent recorded in the same period last year and are also below the 24.6 percent reported in the first half of October 2021. The northern region continues to register the highest proportion of households reporting certain suspected fish diseases, but has increased from 54.5% in the first half of October 2021 to 7 , 9%.

  • The average price of maize per kg was MK 147.32, which is lower than the MK 185.59 / kg reported in the same period last year. The average maize price is lower than the MK 148.72 / kg reported in the first half of October 2021. The southern region continued to record the highest average maize prices per kg at MK 168.80, resulting in is less than MK 217.90 / kg. around the same time last year.

  • Average crop prices per kg were MK 751.50 vs. MK 693.58 for rice, MK 906.10 against MK 759.51 for peanuts, MK 496.91 against MK 439.76 for Irish potatoes compared to the same period last year.


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