Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Madagascar

January 3, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Madagascar FFP Programs
  • Madagascar experiences food insecurity particularly in the South and Southeast due to frequent cyclones, flooding and droughts. These disasters pose the greatest threat to Madagascar’s food security. Over the past 35 years, more than 50 natural disasters have struck, affecting more than 11 million people. Food insecurity is traditionally most pronounced from October to March.

  • Led by the FAO, in late October 2013 a three-year locust control program began to address the locust threat. The situation remains critical, however, as two thirds of the country is still impacted by locust infestations.

  • Average prices for staples are high compared to the same period last year, and are expected to remain high through March 2014, despite the harvests having begun in December for the first rice-growing season

  • Poor health and nutrition practices, low education levels, and lack of access to water and sanitation also threaten the country’s food security.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 492,500 food-insecure individuals in 98,500 households in more than 500 communities primarily in cyclone-affected, drought-stricken and isolated areas of south and southeastern Madagascar. This program will close in FY 2014.

  • FFP partners with a Catholic Relief Services-led consortium on a variety of activities including agricultural livelihoods, natural resource management, health and nutrition, and disaster preparation and mitigation.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2013 $  9.4 million 4,230 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $18.9 million 20,180 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $22.9 million 21,080 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $21.6 million 19,970 MT
Fiscal Year 2009 $16.3 million 3,640 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; FY: Fiscal Year; MT: Metric Ton; UNDP: United Nations Development Program; USD: U.S. Dollar; WFP: World Food Program
Food Security Situation information December 2013

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: May 29, 2014

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