At a Glance

Malawi faces a number of challenges that increase its vulnerability to a changing climate, including high population growth, dependence on rainfed agriculture, high rates of malnutrition and HIV/AIDS, and inadequate power supply. Extreme climate and weather events such as the increased frequency and intensity of drought and floods, along with higher temperatures, negatively impact agriculture production, fisheries, wildlife and forests, which provide food, income, fuel, and other environmental services to vulnerable populations.

    Climate Projections and Impacts

    Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2017) for more information.

    Climate Projections


    Drought icon

    Increased Incidence of Dry Spells/Droughts & Increased Heat Wave Duration


    Drought icon

    Increased Incidence/Risk of Droughts and Floods


    Increased/More Frequent Precipitation


    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas




    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators

    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $8 Million


    $5 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    21.1 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

    Malawi Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    There is growing momentum in the international community to ramp up climate finance for mitigation and adaptation actions. Undoubtedly, a focus on climate change adaptation in the developing world must be a priority for the financing.
    This photo, submitted on behalf of the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance and United Nations World Food Programme, is available on the Climatelinks Photo Gallery.
    Congratulations to the 13 winners of the 2020 Climatelinks Photo Contest!

    This year’s theme, “Healthy Forests for a Healthy Future,” focuses on nature-based solutions to climate change such as active reforestation, plantations, agroforestry, and natural regeneration. The winning photos tell the stories of individual and community change agents for sustainable development, forest protection, and a climate-secure future.