MADAGASCAR: Just add water, better seeds and new knowledge

Published on 22 May 2009

Communities in southern Madagascar have a wealth of experience in dealing with the unforgiving, arid conditions of their region, but not even their finely honed farming skills and knowledge passed down for generations can withstand the relentless drought. (..) Krystyna Bednarska, head of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Madagascar, acknowledged that the problem was escalating. "[The] most recent rapid assessment by WFP in April confirmed that 100 percent of 160 sampled households in 16 food insecure communes were 'severely food insecure'".

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