Madagascar

WFP in Madagascar help improve small farmers' harvests and revenues by procuring their surplus production at a competitive price

(WFP/Blandine Legonou)

 

Empowering Farmers In Drought-hit Southern Madagascar

Southern Madagascar has suffered insufficient rainfall which in turn has caused crop failure, aggravating food insecurity. However, after several years of this pattern, the capacity of communities to bounce back is weakened. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners help them build their resilience to these shocks.   

 

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 defined as a low income country, ranking 155th out of 187 countries in the 2014 Human Development Report (UNDP). Poverty in Madagascar has increased and today 72 percent of the country’s estimated 22 million people live below the national poverty line. 

Presidential Encouragement for Hunger Relief

Madagascar’s president Hery Rajaonarimampianina (on left) met drought-affected people in the south of the island in mid-April. He was accompanied on his visit by WFP Country Director Willem van Milink (right). He thanked WFP and humanitarian partners for their support with hunger relief in the region.