Southern Madagascar emergency
- 1.14 million
- people in need of emergency food assistance
- children suffering from acute malnutrition
- US$ 69 million
- WFP’s funding requirement until April 2022
One of the ten countries most vulnerable to disasters worldwide and the most cyclone-exposed country in Africa, Madagascar is facing an emergency level crisis. Four years of consecutive droughts have left families in the south of the country helpless and unable to feed themselves. People have been pushed to desperate survival measures such as eating locusts, raw red cactus fruits or wild leaves.
At least 1.14 million people in Southern Madagascar need emergency food and nutrition assistance. In Amboasary Atsimo, epicenter of the crisis, about 14,000 people are experiencing famine-like conditions. This number will likely double as we enter the lean season in October.
Madagascar is the only place in the world right now where famine-like conditions have been driven by climate, not conflict.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is working closely with the Government to ensure food security for the Malagasy people. WFP aims to scale up its response to reach 1 million people with life-saving food in Southern Madagascar and urgently needs US$ 69 million to do so.
What the World Food Programme is doing to respond to the Southern Madagascar emergency
Emergency food assistance
WFP aims to reach one million people with emergency food assistance in the Grand Sud region, where food insecurity levels are highest. Since the start of the 2020 lean season in October, WFP has been reaching around 700,000 people per month through general food distributions as well as supplementary nutrition products. In 2021, WFP has provided treatment for over 55,000 children under 5 years old in four of the worst affected districts in the south.
Integrating the food security, vulnerability and nutrition assessments of different agencies into a single process that operates from the village to the national level, WFP implements preparedness and early response actions in the country with the National Disaster Management Authority and the national institute of statistics.
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