Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Reintroduces Food Security Bulletin

Paida Mpaso -NAPAS: Malawi and Dr. Dominic Nkhoma -MoAIWD

The Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (MoAIWD), Gray Nyandule-Phiri has endorsed the re-introduction of a food security bulletin, initially to be produced on a quarterly basis and later on a monthly basis. The bulletins will provide accurate and timely information on the food situation in Malawi at any point in time. It will also be a vehicle for strengthening transparency and accountability in the delivery of food and nutrition security programmes.

The bulletin will cover a wide range of topics including up to date food balance sheets, food stocks held by different stakeholders, weather updates, agriculture production information, the FISP Programme, and updates on food related interventions such as Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) reports.

According to the Director of Agricultural Planning Services in the Ministry, Alex Namaona, the bulletin “will improve the policy processes in the sector as well as stakeholder engagement. We already have resources under the Malawi Recovery and Resilience Project (MDRRP) and technical assistance from the NAPAS: Malawi Project to support us in producing the bulletin.”

NAPAS: Malawi is a project of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy (FSP) which is funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Michigan State University (MSU) coordinates FSP in partnership with IFPRI and the University of Pretoria.