Madagascar

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USAID is working with partners in Madagascar to respond to persistent drought conditions by repairing water points and distributing food to vulnerable households.
USAID is working with partners in Madagascar to respond to persistent drought conditions by repairing water points and distributing food to vulnerable households.
Sedera Ramanitra, Catholic Relief Services

Key Developments

Extreme drought and other factors are driving widespread acute food insecurity in southern Madagascar. More than 1.1 million people experienced acute food insecurity conditions and required food assistance in early 2021, nearly double estimates from the same period in 2020.

Conditions are likely to continue deteriorating in the coming months. Nearly 1.6 million people — approximately 60 percent of southern Madagascar's population — will likely require humanitarian assistance from June 2021 to May 2022.

Approximately 14,000 people experienced Catastrophe—Integrated Food Security Phase Classification 5—acute food insecurity conditions between April and September.

On February 3, U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar Michael P. Pelletier declared a disaster in response to the drought in southern Madagascar.  In response, USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance provided $100,000 to a partner organization for the rehabilitation of water wells in drought-affected areas.

USAID is also responding to disasters in neighboring Southern Africa countries.

Background

Madagascar experiences a variety of natural hazards, including tropical cyclones, drought, flooding, and recurrent locust infestations. USAID’s response strategy in Madagascar focuses on addressing urgent humanitarian needs while investing in disaster risk reduction programs that strengthen the ability of communities to prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters. Activities have included supporting conservation agriculture, locust control efforts, and helping flood-affected communities adapt to decrease their vulnerability to flooding.

 

 

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Last updated: November 10, 2021

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