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Nearly 2 million food insecure in Madagascar

Approximately 30 percent of the people living in the island nation's southern provinces are food insecure

Quelle:: World Food Programme

Mother of two, Sija Marcelline, holds her malnourished child in Amboasary, Madagascar, 21 September, 2015
Mother of two, Sija Marcelline, holds her malnourished child in Amboasary, Madagascar, 21 September, 2015

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.

Villagers waiting for their turn for a food hand out at a feeding centre run by German Agro Action (GAA) in the village of Andara on the eastern coast of Madagascar, 19 July, 2007
Villagers waiting for their turn for a food hand out at a feeding centre run by German Agro Action (GAA) in the village of Andara on the eastern coast of Madagascar, 19 July, 2007
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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.

Madagascarian women selling vegetables in a market at Antsiranana, 22 August, 2014
Madagascarian women selling vegetables in a market at Antsiranana, 22 August, 2014

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. 

Impoverished people in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital
Impoverished people in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital

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.

Farmers in Madagascar planting a rice field
Farmers in Madagascar planting a rice field
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