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.

    Funding and Key Indicators

    USAID Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $8 Million


    $5 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $3 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    21.1 million (2020)

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    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.