WFP and local partner MIARO are providing food assistance to communities in south that have lost their crops (WFP/Volana Rarivoson)

Crops And Cactus: Madagascar Drought Crisis

Nearly 200,00 people are facing hunger in southern Madagascar due to crop failure. The United Nations World Food Programme and its partners are providing much-needed assistance.


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. 

Speedboats To The Rescue

In partnership with the Government of Madagascar, local authorities and humanitarian organisations, WFP is giving food assistance to thousands of people in the capital who have been displaced by floods and landslides. Rations of rice, pulses and vegetable oil are being provided. WFP is also helping the Malagasy army to rescue people in remote areas using speedboats purchased with funding from Britain.