WFP Activities
Country Programme (CP 200287)
The Country Programme (CP) started in March 2012 and will be operational until February 2016. The overarching objective of the programme is to strengthen national capacity to improve primary education outcomes, reduce malnutrition among vulnerable groups, and improve the food security of communities living in disaster-prone areas and build their resilience to shocks. The CP aims to achieve this through its three components: nutrition and education support for the vulnerable, capacity development for disaster risk management and preparedness, and agricultural market support. Through the CP, WFP intends to develop the capacity of government staff and local community members, in-line with WFP's shift from food aid to food assistance. A total of 122,948 metric tons of food is scheduled to be distributed to some 1,926,400 beneficiaries over a five-year period. WFP will procure most of its food assistance in the local markets, thus supporting the local economy, including smallholder farmers.

Responding to Humanitarian Needs and Strengthening Resilience to Restore Food Security, Nutrition and Livelihoods (PRRO 200692)
This protracted relief and recovery operation started in December 2014 and will be operational until March 2017. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to restoring food security, rebuild sustainable livelihoods and strengthen resilience of the most vulnerable food insecure population. The PRRO will enable WFP to provide relief assistance if and when disasters strike, while also enabling a gradual shift from unconditional relief assistance to more integrated relief and resilience-building programmes. Through this project, WFP will provide emergency food assistance to food insecure people affected by shocks while simultaneously introducing complementary actions in targeted areas, including behavioural change messaging (on nutrition, gender, protection, agricultural production, etc.) and integration into longer-term social support and resilience building interventions. The project also provide food assistance for assets (FFA) as part of the resilience component, focusing on the creation of productive assets in Malawi’s most chronically food insecure districts. In total through this operation, WFP will provide food assistance to about 1.7 million people covering three lean seasons.

Food Assistance to Refugees in Malawi (PRRO 200460)
The current refugee project started in June 2013 and will be operational through May 2015. The project will provide assistance to an estimated 23,400 refugees through general food distributions in the Dzaleka refugee camp. Refugee movement and local integration is limited, making them heavily dependent on WFP food assistance to meet their basic food needs. The overall goal of the operation is to help achieve and maintain food security among refugees living in officially-designated camps while protecting the environment and livelihoods of the surrounding communities.
Purchase for Progress (P4P) 
The Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative leverages WFP’s purchasing power and expertise in food quality and logistics to link smallholder farmers to agricultural markets. WFP and local partners work with farmer organisations to help smallholders develop business and harvesting skills to meet WFP’s high quality standards. By acquiring these skills, smallholders are able to sell their crop production to WFP and, most importantly, become competitive players in the formal markets to increase their incomes and improve their lives.
Since its start in 2009, P4P has linked some 38,000 Malawian farmers’ supply to both WFP’s demand for staple food and to other buyers in national and regional markets. In total, WFP Malawi has locally purchased over 60,000mt of food through P4P modalities. Of these, 5,340mt were sourced directly from smallholders through farmer organisations or small/medium traders.
WFP Offices
Threats to food security
  • Land degradation
  • Deforestation
  • Floods
  • Drought
  • Water pollution from agricultural runoff
  • HIV / AIDS