Malawi food security outlook update, April 2021

Most rural households are currently experiencing increased food access alongside ongoing harvesting and the start of a new consumption year. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food security outcomes are widespread across the country, with areas currently facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes expected to transition to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in May. However, by August/September, arealevel Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are likely to re-emerge in Nsanje and Chikwawa districts due to the impacts of localized dry spells on crop production, while some poor households in other areas impacted by dry spells (including in parts of Balaka, Neno, Thyolo, and Kasungu district) are also likely to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes by this time.