Country government

Malawi

Nutrition for Growth (N4G) commitment

Reported progress

Assessment

Financial commitments
London 2013

1. Proportion of total annual government expenditure allocated to nutrition will rise from 0.1% to 0.3% by 2020.

2. Nutrition will be mainstreamed in sectoral budgets, which have a role in fighting malnutrition (education, health, agriculture, and gender).

3. Increase accountability by rolling out the nutrition financial tracking tools and the national monitoring and evaluation framework by 2014.

Reported progress

1. The Malawi Government is committing to ensure adequate nutrition of Malawians whereby it has increased its allocation on nutrition to 0.9% in of the total budget in financial year 2018/2019.

2. Malawi has already mainstreamed nutrition in the sectoral budget; sector-specific nutrition strategic plans are being implemented. This has been done in agriculture, health, gender and education. The inclusion of nutrition in the Malawi National Agenda is a demonstration of government commitment (e.g. nutrition has been reflected in priority areas for health and agriculture; and also the MGDS III highlighted nutrition as a priority area under other development areas).

3. Malawi rolled the National Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation Framework together with Nutrition Resource Tracking System. The system is web based and rolled out in all districts.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

All commitment components have been achieved

Impact commitments
New commitment - added in 2015

Reduce stunting among children under-5 children from 47% to less than 20% by 2020.

Reported progress

Malawi is on track, striving to reach the set target of 20% by 2020. This can only be confirmed when the national representative survey is conducted, which was called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Current statistics on stunting are still at 37% based on MDHS 2016.

Assessment
Off course
Basis of assessment

Assuming a linear rate of reduction, the stunting prevalence in 2016 (37%) is greater than the required prevalence by this stage (30.8%) to remain on course with the target of less than 20% reduction by 2020. Reported progress implies that further progress has taken place beyond 2016, but this remains the most recent data point.

Policy commitments
London 2013

Develop a Nutrition Act by 2016.

Reported progress

Malawi has developed the Food and Nutrition Bill, which has been approved by Cabinet and submitted to Parliament for enactment, which will likely take place in July or August.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.

Program commitments
London 2013

1. Coverage of community-based nutrition services will be scaled up in all districts at traditional authority and village level by 2016.

2. Community Based Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) will be scaled up from 50% to 80% in all districts.

3. Public–private partnerships on nutrition will increase, building on successful examples such as the work with Illovo on sugar fortification with vitamin A.

Reported progress

1. Malawi has scaled up community-based interventions in all villages, traditional authorities and districts in the country, although the coverage is at different stages.

2. Community management of acute malnutrition has been scaled up in all the districts (100%), which has seen Malawi maintaining less than 1% of case load of severe acute malnutrition while death rate is less than 10% death.

3. There is increased public-private partnership on nutrition through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network. Fortification of centrally processed foods with vitamins (e.g. sugar) is mandatory.

Assessment
Reached commitment
Basis of assessment

Reported progress in previous Global Nutrition Reports indicates that commitment has been achieved.