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USAID Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley presents a training certificate to Radiata Ibrahim

April 2014—White smoke is spiraling up into the sky as dusk quickly falls in the village. In one of the huts, Radiata Ibrahim, a young unmarried woman, has just put the cooking pot containing the evening meal on the stove. She is far busier than before now that she has embarked on a new and rewarding activity.

Christopher La Fargue, a USAID Food For Peace officer, buys fruit at Honorine’s food stand

April 2014On a hill amidst unkempt grass and wild vegetation on the outskirts of Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, stands a shabby-looking wooden hut surrounded by banana trees and other makeshift shelters.

Photo of Jean Clement and his mother at nutrition training

Almost half of all the children in Madagascar under age 5 are stunted due to poor nutrition. Inadequate nutrition in the first few years of a child’s life will have negative, long term physical and mental consequences. A Catholic Relief Services (CRS) development food assistance program funded by USAID aims to combat malnutrition in 592 different villages in Madagascar.

Rasolo and his son stand in front of their old home.

In Madagascar, the island nation off the east coast of Africa, most farmers cannot grow enough to feed their families for an entire year. Since 2009, a USAID program, implemented by CARE, works in the most rural and poverty stricken regions of Madagascar to teach farmers new farming methods and link them together to improve production.

Women gather around seeds. Credit: USAID

In a small village in southeastern Madagascar, a group of 20 single women are working together to increase their incomes and their independence. For the past two years, they have benefited from a USAID program to improve food security and nutrition among nearly 100,000 vulnerable households.

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Last updated: April 28, 2014

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