Poverty worsening in Malawi-Afrobarometer

Poverty in Malawi

Results from Afrobarometer’s 2022 survey show that three out of every four Malawians experienced moderate or high lived poverty during the past year, continuing a negative trend that started in 2008.

The survey also found that the share of households reporting the most severe level of poverty has increased since 2019.

"The most frequent shortages in Malawian households are of a cash income and sufficient food," the report said.

Alongside worsening lived poverty, citizens’ ratings of the government’s performance on improving life for the poor have been growing increasingly negative since a 2008 assessment of the first-term Bingu wa Mutharika administration.