Malawi: Nutrition Profile

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A young Malawi boy eats a snack. Photo credit: Megan Collins, Catholic Relief Services.
  • Malawi

    Flag of Malawi

  • Population

    18.1 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    2.9 Million

  • % Stunting

    37% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    12% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: Megan Collins, Catholic Relief Services

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policymakers in Malawi, where 1.07 million children (37 percent) under 5 years are suffering from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age), according to the most recent Demographic and Health Survey (DHS).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Malawi:

  • Organized Network of Services for Everyone's Health Activity (ONSE)
  • Tiwalere II
  • Health Communication for Life (HC4L)
  • Feed the Future Strengthening Agricultural and Nutrition Extension in Malawi (SANE)
  • Food for Peace United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations (UBALE) Program
  • Food for Peace Njira Program
  • Feed the Future Malawi Improved Seed Systems and Technologies (MISST) Project
  • Feed the Future Nutrition Innovation Lab


For more information, read the Malawi country profile [PDF, 237KB].