In support of the USAID-funded Measurement Indicators for Resilience Analysis (MIRA) data collection protocol, part of the United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations (UBALE) project, CRS is working with data analytics partner, Cooper/Smith, to report on household-level food insecurity risks in Malawi following the cyclone-related flooding which impacted the region from March 4, 2019 to March 21, 2019.
Using data from 2100 households reporting monthly under the MIRA project, and including GeoSpatial Data from the Humanitarian Data Exchange (courtesy of the Red Cross), these results are able to more effectively pinpoint shocks and food security risks throughout Southern Malawi.
Early reports from households in areas affected by the March 2019 Floods suggest a spike in food insecurity, as crops and stored grains have been washed away. The Shire River Floodplain was the area most impacted, where thousands of residents were displaced when flooding broke the banks as a result of heavy rains, as demarcated in light blue below.
The data shows household food storage to be critically low with hunger increasing. As of March 25th, 2019, many households in affected areas had less than a week’s worth of food and were reporting high levels of malaria.