This assignment was an update to the market assessment that was carried out in June-July 2017 as part of the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s activities towards the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification process. It was carried out in the month of November 2017 and covered all districts of the country except Likoma in the north. A total of 673 traders were interviewed.
During the assessment, it was noted that Malawi had a maize surplus of 100,000 MT and that from July to October, ADMARC was buying maize. In November Government lifted the maize export ban. The recommendation from the June-July assessment was that all districts with population in Phase should be targeted for cash-based transfers. This meant that the following districts were left out for assistance: Dowa, Chitipa, Dedza, Dowa, Mchinji, Ntchisi, and Salima.
At the time of the update, the National Food Reserve Agency had about115,000MT of maize while ADMARC reported to have over 100,000 MT. Two private trading entities namely Rab Processors Limited and Agricultural Commodity Exchange had 32,978MT.
The rate of inflation continued to fall during the July-October period.