A new report puts the number of people who will require assistance during this lean season in Malawi at 1.6 million, up from 200 000 predicted earlier this year. Poor harvests combined with food price increases due to inflation and currency devaluations threaten to push households over the edge into severe food insecurity. The plan is to provide free locally-grown maize and pulses to vulnerable households. Cash transfers may also be explored. More here.