In Malawi the August 2013 IPC round concluded that emergency (IPC phase 4) situation exists in four districts in the South while a crisis (IPC phase 3) exists in central and northern areas, due to food production declines.
Compared to the 5-year baseline, the 157% increase of maize price in Malawi can still be attributed to the devaluation of the local currency (Kwacha) but also to a rather critical supply situation. According to the WFP Alert for food Price Spikes (ALPS), maize prices had reached crisis levels for a third of the monitored markets, and alert levels for almost half of the Malawian markets during the last quarter.
Inflation was still very high on year-on-year terms at 25% in July and 22% in September. Despite the seasonal decrease early in the quarter, the consumer price index (CPI) rose by 5.8% month-on-month in September, mostly driven by the food price index (+11%).