This operation has been modified as per budget revision 5 (see below)
Despite reasonably good food security at the national level in Malawi, certain pockets of the population are unable to meet their annual food requirements. Household food security is undermined by limited access to arable land, chronic poverty, recurrent weather shocks and low levels of education. National wasting levels are acceptable, but underweight indicators are poor, anaemia prevalence is severe and stunting is above the critical threshold. With the advent of HIV, tuberculosis infections have increased.
The objective of country programme 200287 is to support the development of sustained food and nutrition security programmes; it supports pre-school and primary-school children through on-site meals, provides nutrition interventions for children under 5, pregnant and lactating women and tuberculosis patients, and builds the resilience of chronically food-insecure households through food for assets.
Country programme 200287 incorporates lessons from a portfolio evaluation and from the previous school meals development project and protracted relief and recovery operation.
Home-grown school feeding and prevention of chronic malnutrition pilots will support the Government in designing sustainable interventions. WFP will gradually reduce its direct implementation of school meals and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition. Capacity-building will increase investments in disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation.
The country programme contributes to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, outcomes 1, 2, and 3 of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2012–2016), Millennium Development Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and Strategic Objectives 2, 4 and 5.
Budget revision 5 to CP 200287 will increase the number of beneficiaries supported by WFP under Components One (support to education) and Two (nutrition support) of the operation, owing to delays in the planned handover of these activities to the Government, and include Super Cereal Plus requirements for the treatment of moderate
acute malnutrition (MAM) among children and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) in 2016.