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28/08/2008

Fighting high food prices in Madagascar

A month-long series of plantings is coming to an end in eastern Madagascar, aimed at ensuring that the local food supply – of rice especially – is sufficient to avoid importing large quantities at high prices to meet the country’s food needs this year.

In July, FAO launched an emergency Technical Cooperation Project worth US$500 000 that is providing rice seed, bean seed and fertilizers to some 6 000 farmers and their families. These households are among those hardest hit by cyclones that in recent months wiped out 80 percent of the last harvest. Seed supplies have been consumed for food.

More information at : http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000910/index.html