14 year-old Njara, a mentally disabled child living in the south-west of Madagascar. 

Copyright: WFP/Andosoa Ranaivomahefa

 

 

 

Giving Madagascar's Mentally Disabled Children A Chance Of Independence

In Tuléar, a highly food-insecure region of southern Madagascar, many vulnerable children fetch water instead of going to school. WFP is working to ensure their families realize the importance of education. 

Overview

Madagascar is the fourth biggest island on earth and, because of its relative geographical isolation off the east coast of Africa, much of its flora and fauna exists nowhere else on earth. It is ranked as a low income country, 151st out of 186 countries in the 2012 UNDP Human Development Index. In Madagascar, 92 percent of the 22 million inhabitants live below the poverty line of US$ 2 per day.

Locusts on the Move

Control operations are continuing in Madagascar against an invasion of locusts threatening rice and maize crops - and the food security and livelihoods of millions of people. The three-year programme is implemented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the Government of Madagascar. The locust invasion, which started in April 2012, has damaged crops and discouraged many farmers from planting. 

Copyright: WFP/Robert Guiradoubaye

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Country at a glance 2014
Planned Beneficiaries0
Beneficiary needs (mt)34,514
Beneficiary needs ($US)28,407,033