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FAO and WFP work together to respond to the worsening food insecurity in southern Madagascar

FAO-WFP mission in south of Madagascar ( Photo: © FAO/Madagascar)

 22 September 2016, Antananarivo – Denise Brown, Emergency Coordinator of the  World Food Program (WFP), and Dominique Burgeon, Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) began a week-long joint mission to Madagascar on 19 September 2016.

The aim of the joint mission is to urgently define measures to support the food security of drought-affected households in the Anosy, Androy and Atsimo Andrefana regions of southern Madagascar.

In these regions, more than 1.4 million people are food insecure including 600,000 people who are considered as severely food insecure and who are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. This situation mainly stems from the impact of a recurrent drought which has affected three consecutive cropping seasons (2013 to 2016), and which was aggravated this year by the El Nino phenomenon.

The joint mission has included meetings with vulnerable communities in the districts of Ambovombe and Tsihombe - which are among the most severely affected - and a review of ongoing assistance activities as well as the need of additional ones to be implemented by FAO and WFP, together with other partners.

Since the beginning of 2016, general food distribution efforts have targeted some 300, 000 people in Madagascar’s seven most affected districts. In areas where markets are functioning, cash-based-transfer programmes have been put into place for 80,000 people in order to enable them to buy food. Supplementary feeding is provided to 70,000 pregnant and lactating women and children under five for treatment of moderate to acute malnutrition.

Additionally, as part of efforts to restore agricultural activities, high quality and drought-resistant seeds and agricultural inputs have been provided to some 100,000 farmers.

“To the extent that available resources allow, WFP and FAO are providing emergency support to populations in need. This assistance must be accompanied by longer-term activities to improve community resilience, hence the importance of strengthening collaboration with all partners, ” said Moumini Ouedraogo, WFP Representative in Madagascar.

During a visit to the Madagascar in late August 2016, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva helper raise awareness about the situation and urged the international community to provide urgent assistance to affected populations in southern of Madagascar. “Thousands of vulnerable people in southern Madagascar cannot afford to wait any longer to receive emergency aid,” he said.

“The implementation of the Zero Hunger approach effectively requires massive investment and coordination on the part of all stakeholders. The challenge being faced is huge and strong political will is required in order to prevent the situation from getting worse,”said Patrice Talla, FAO Representative in Madagascar.

 

For more information:

Volantiana Raharinaivo | Communications Officer/FAO Madagascar |  Volantiana.Raharinaivo@fao.org

Volana Rarivoson | Communication Officer | PAM Madagascar | Volana.rarivoson@wfp.org

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