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Food Security in Disaster Risk Reduction Newsletter - Vol. 1 Issue 10, August 2011

Food Security in Disaster Risk Reduction Newsletter - Vol. 1 Issue 10, August 2011
Aug 2011

Using Wild Crops to Tame Food Insecurity: CARE’s Strategic Domestication of Yams

Cyclones and floods regularly hit the high risk areas of northeast and eastern Madagascar, with wind and water inflicting serious damage. This often leads to injuries and loss of human lives as well as the destruction of food and seed stocks. In addition, damages to agricultural production—rural households’ main income source, affects their ability to cover day-to-day expenses, such as school and medical fees.

Domestic crops, such as rice and cassava, are often severely damaged during cyclones and flooding, uprooting and flooding the former and causing parasites and rotting in the latter. To meet their food needs, at-risk communities have developed strategies to cope with food shortages, including foraging for wild plants and tubers, such as yams. Yet, even wild crops can be damaged and lost through cyclones and floods, leaving villagers nearly destitute.