Malawi - Food Crisis Response Budget Support Programme

Project Summary

Approval Date 11 Nov 2016
Signature Date 05 Dec 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 12,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Food Crisis Response Support Program (FCRBSP) is a contribution by the Bank to the Emergency Response Plan adopted by the Government of Malawi to address the food shortage problem, as highlighted in the conclusions of the report of the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee. The purpose of the operation is to support the Government of Malawi by helping to reduce the estimated food deficit to 970 000 tonnes, through direct purchases of maize to replenish the strategic grain reserve (CSR) for direct distribution to vulnerable households. This will involve the direct purchase of corn to replenish the Strategic Grain Reserve (GSC) and urgently distribute it to target beneficiaries. The Bank's contribution will be dedicated to direct maize purchases in local and international markets. AfDB Group support will enable the government to purchase about 36,100 tonnes of maize (assuming a price in Lilongwe of US $ 450 per tonne).

Project Objectives

The objective of the proposed program is to help ensure short-term food security at the household and national levels, and to support economic stability and social well-being in the country, by slowing the price of food. Specifically, the program will save lives and restore the livelihoods of an estimated 722,000 of the 6.5 million people in need of urgent food assistance.


Malawi's population, especially the most vulnerable, will benefit from the FCRBSP. More specifically, the program will benefit an estimated 722,000 food-insecure people, most of whom are women and children at risk. Farmers will also benefit because emergency maize will be distributed by the World Food Program (WFP) and international NGOs, on the basis of a bag of 50 kg per month and per recipient, all at once during the lean season.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-A00-006
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name KISYOMBE Vinda Highson Lutamyo

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-13.5 34 Malawi