Ireland’s Bilateral Climate Finance Malawi - 2013 Report

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa approximately 118,480 square kilometers with a population of about 16 million. Over 80% of the population depends on farming to survive. Annual temperature has increased by 0.9C degrees from 1960 to 2006 with a projected increase of between 1.1 to 3.0C degrees by the 2060s (McSweeney et al, 2010). The World Bank climate profile of Malawi states that Malawi is particularly prone to adverse climate hazards including dry spells, seasonal droughts, intense rainfall, riverine floods and flash floods. Furthermore, the World Bank refers to estimates that droughts on average cause GDP losses of almost 1% every year with much greater losses for extreme droughts (World Bank, 2014). Ireland has contributed approximately €5,102,794 in bilateral Climate Finance to Malawi in 2013.