Malawi

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

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    Drought icon

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

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    Drought icon

    Increased Incidence/Risk of Droughts and Floods

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    Increased/More Frequent Precipitation

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    Increased Temperature

    Key Climate Impact Areas

    Agriculture

    Fisheries

    Ecosystems

    Human Health

    Water Resources

    Funding and Key Indicators


    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)

    Total

    $8 Million

    Adaptation

    $5 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability

    Medium

    Population (2020)

    21.1 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth

    4.07%

    % Forested Area

    33.2%

    Climate Change Information

    Malawi Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    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.
    In Central Malawi, nestled below Chipata Mountain and slightly to the west of Lake Malawi, lies Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s largest remaining wild landscape and oldest wildlife reserve. The reserve was home to 1,500 elephants in the 1990s. By 2015, there were fewer than 100 left.