Malawi

Beda Wadi shows her maize crop that is thriving thanks to water conservation techniques she learned through CRS' WALA project. Photo by Megan Collins for CRS

Beda Wadi shows her maize crop that is thriving thanks to water conservation techniques she learned through CRS' WALA project. Photo by Megan Collins for CRS

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking 160th among the 182 on the Human Development Index. The majority of the Malawian population (65.3%) live on less than $1 per day and most of them are family farmers who live under constant threat of not producing enough food. Malawi has also been hard hit by the HIV and AIDS pandemic that has left about 1.8 million children orphaned. Catholic Relief Services continues to work with our partners to help people improve their lives through increased food production, improved health, income and social justice.

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Stats

Population:16,777,547 (July 2013 est.)
Size:45,747 sq mi; slightly smaller than Pennsylvania
People Served:2,145,474

History

Catholic Relief Services began working in Malawi in 1997 at the invitation of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Initial work focused on improving food security, with CRS carrying out Malawi's first programs with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) food aid. In response to a major drought across southern Africa in 2001, CRS and seven other agencies formed the Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency (C-SAFE). The consortium later transitioned into a 5-year Food for Peace development program, led by CRS and CARE and funded by USAID. In 2009, CRS got another 5-year USAID Food for PEACE funding for an Integrated food security program which is managed by nine NGOs. Working with the Catholic Church in Malawi, CRS has also managed to develop innovative, high-quality programs to address health, HIV and AIDS, economic empowerment and justice.

Partners

U.S. Agency for International Development
Conrad Hilton Foundation
Catholic Church of Malawi

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Health
Peacebuilding


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