Resilience and sustainable growth

Malawi has experienced an increase in the frequency, intensity and magnitude over the last two decades of extreme weather events and is particularly vulnerable to floods, droughts and strong winds associated with tropical cyclones.

The country has experienced more than 19 major flooding events and seven droughts over the past five decades and in 2015 was affected by the worst floods in 50 years; the floods affected over 1 million people, displaced 230,000 people and killed 106 people, with another 172 people reported missing.

The agriculture sector also suffers the greatest losses because of climate change impacts. Most smallholder farmers in Malawi are resource poor with very limited capacity to contain shocks arising from climate change.

To help reduce the threats posed by climate change and natural disasters, UNDP Malawi continues to work alongside the Government of Malawi and other national and local structures. Our aim is to build capacity of key actors to improve weather and climate information, provide early warnings to disaster-prone communities to save lives and safeguard livelihoods and help enhance communities’ resilience through an enhanced flow of ecosystem services for livelihoods and resilient agricultural production.