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Malawi: Agriculture and Food Security Emergency Surveillance System (EmA-FSS) Bulletin Issue 35: October 1-15, 2021 – Malawi

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  • The proportion of households relying on purchase as their main source of food at the household level was 37.5%, 20.5 percentage points lower than the 58.0% recorded in the same period last year but higher than the 34.5% reported in the second half of September 2021. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households depending on purchase as their main source of food (50.8% compared to the 69.4% reported the same period last year but higher than the 48.2% reported in the second half of September 2021).

  • Among households with any type of livestock, the proportion of households reporting suspected animal diseases was 20.5 percent, which is lower than the 26.4 percent recorded in the same period last year and is also lower than 23.1 percent recorded in the second half of September 2021. The southern region recorded the highest proportion of households reporting livestock diseases, estimated at 24.6 percent, compared to 25.9 percent reported during the second half of September 2021.

  • The proportion of households involved in livelihood activities related to fishing was 1.7% down from 3.5% in the same period last year and is also down slightly from 1.8% reported in the second half of September 2021. The northern region recorded the highest proportion of households involved in fishing. related activities (3.3 percent vs. 3.6 percent). Households involved in fishing-related activities reported suspected diseases in fish was 24.6 percent, which is lower than the 29.7 percent reported in the same period last year and is also lower than 25.3 percent reported in the second half of September 2021. The northern region continues to record the highest proportion of households reporting certain suspected fish diseases (54.5% compared to 40.6% recorded in the second half of September 2021).

  • The average price of maize per kg was MK 148.72, which is lower than MK 178.44 / kg at the same period last year. The average maize price is higher than the MK146.24 / kg reported in the second half of September 2021. The southern region continued to record the highest average maize prices per kg at MK165.00, which is lower than the MK202.2 / kg recorded during the same period last year.


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