10 Images of WFP Fighting Hunger in Malawi

by World Food Programme | World Food Programme
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:48 GMT

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From resilience building efforts to sustainable school meals, here are 10 photos that look back on WFP's fight against hunger in Malawi. In 2014, WFP Malawi is building on last year's momentum to scale-up all efforts to work towards achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge.

WFP/Malawi Resilience Building

WFP and its NGO partners integrated about 70,000 food-insecure households into longer-term resilience building activities, such as fish farming (pictured here) to prevent beneficiaries from needing emergency assistance again in the future.

WFP/Malawi Promoting Gender Equality

To empower women, WFP encouraged women to make their voices heard by taking on leadership roles in farmer organizations through its Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative; women held 42 percent of leadership positions in supported organizations in 2013 and efforts are underway to ensure gender parity.

WFP/David Orr

Investing in the Future

To invest in the future of child health and development in Malawi, WFP enrolled over 26,000 children under 2 years old and pregnant and breastfeeding women in an innovative Prevention of Stunting project in Ntchisi district as part of the Scaling-Up Nutrition movement.

WFP/Thomas Debandt Cash Innovations

Cash transfers were delivered to thousands of households to counter the effects of economic and weather related shocks on vulnerable communities, allowing people to buy the types of food they needed most and promoting financial inclusion in Malawi.

WFP/Sarah Rawson

Support to Refugees

In order to promote self-reliance among the refugee population, WFP constructed a multi-purpose community centre (pictured here) in Dzaleka Refugee camp, helping to promote economic independence through income-generating projects, such as tailoring or craft work.

WFP/Rachael Wilson

Building Government Capacity

WFP's support to school meals was strengthened by providing technical support to develop the National School Health and Nutrition Policy (NSHNP) that in 2014 is expected to be put into legislation, thus ensuring the school meals programme's sustainability in Malawi.


Early Childhood Education

In support of early childhood education, WFP started its Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme in 2013, providing meals to children ages 3-5 years old in 35 community-based childcare centres to promote early learning, nutrition and reducing underage enrolment in primary schools.


Linking Smallholder Farmers to Market

To improve smallholder farmers' earnings, WFP connected 24,000 smallholder P4P farmers to the commercial agricultural market, buying nearly 235,000 mt of food commodities in Malawi and injecting some US$95 million into the local economy from 2009-2013.

WFP/Malawi Support to Nutrition

WFP helped fight moderate acute malnutrition among over 100,000 women and children nationwide, outperforming SPHERE standards for nutrition interventions by 15 percent.

WFP/Thomas Debandt Sustainable School Meals

Facilitating sustainable food systems, WFP scaled-up its Home Grown School Feeding pilot programme to 10 schools targeting 9,500 students, stimulating local food production in areas of food insecurity and providing a more sustainable local food source for schools.

Find out more about WFP and the fight against hunger in Malawi here.