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Approximately 30 percent of the people living in the island nation's southern provinces are food insecure
Quelle:: World Food Programme
Lack of rainfall in Madagascar over the last three agricultural seasons has significantly reduced the country's agricultural production and nearly exhausted many of the nation's food reserves. The southern regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana, where around 380 000 people suffer from food insecurity, were most affected by these conditions.
The drought has forced many households into various negative coping strategies, including the sale of their assets, reducing the number of their daily meals, withdrawing children from school and consuming dangerous wild foods.
Staring this November, the World Food Programme (WFP) will try to assist 130 000 of the most vulnerable people in the country through food- or cash-for-assets programmes, in which citizens will receive food and/or money for participating in projects that will help them better prepare for the next harvest and make the country's food system more resistant to shocks.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has also joined the effort by distributing drought-resistant seeds to farmers, which when planted should provide food to 13 000 households.