A Life Changed In Malawi

School meals prevent children from going hungry on a daily basis. Over time, this can make a big difference. In primary school, Joseph Steven received countless meals through the World Food Programme's (WFP) school feeding programme. Now a student and soon-to-be graduate of medical school, Joseph reflects on the support that helped get him to where he is now. 


Malawi is a small and landlocked country, bordering Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. It is a UNFPA global population hotspot with a rapidly expanding population (3 percent per year). The country is defined as low-income and ranks 174 out of 187 countries in the 2013 Human Development Index, where it has stagnated for the last five years. Female-headed households experience higher poverty than those headed by men. Since 2012, economic shocks such as devaluation of the Kwacha by 49 percent and inflation of above 20 percent have contributed to high living costs, with Malawi ranking as the 13th worst performing economy in the 2014/15 Global Competitiveness report. With a majority of livelihoods dependent on agriculture, the population is highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters such as annual dry spells and flooding.

One Final Question, Minister

Malawi's Minister of Finance, Dr. Goodall Gondwe, being interviewed in Lilongwe after the launch of the Cost of Hunger report on Malawi. He pledged the government's committment to tackling the issue of child undernutrition which was found to be costing Malawi nearly US$ 600 million - more than 10 percent of GDP - per annum. 

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