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The United States and Madagascar have been partners in development through USAID support for 35 years. However, U.S. assistance to Madagascar in the form of emergency food aid, loans, and grants goes back much further, dating to the early 1960s.

The USAID Madagascar field office officially opened in September 1984 to support policy reform, economic stabilization, and rehabilitation efforts underway at the time. Initial assistance provided during the four-year period of 1984 -1988 prioritized investment in the rice sector to increase agricultural production and emergency food aid. In the 1990s, greater attention was paid to Madagascar's unique biodiversity. Consequently, the USAID biodiversity and environmental conservation program was initiated with such key partners as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Missouri Botanical Gardens and Duke University.

During this time, USAID was a key partner and the principal donor responsible for the establishment of Madagascar’s system of national parks, modeling on the American Parks System. USAID supported the creation of many of Madagascar’s most iconic national parks.

In 1990, Madagascar was designated as a priority aid recipient, and assistance increased from $15 million in 1989 to $40 million in 1993. Madagascar was one of the first countries to qualify for the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) "Wearing Apparel" provisions, allowing the growth of a significant textile and garments export sector in Madagascar.  In 2006 Madagascar signed a Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact for $110 M – the first in the world.

A coup d’état in 2009 resulted in Madagascar’s loss of both the MCC compact and AGOA privileges.  On June 26, 2014, following the restoration of democratic rule, President Obama announced the reinstatement of Madagascar’s eligibility for benefits under AGOA.

Currently, in coordination with the Government of Madagascar, the United States, through USAID, delivers assistance in the areas of health, food security, emergency assistance, and the environment through non-governmental organizations, community associations, and other private groups. In 2018, the United States provided approximately $80 million in development assistance, as well as $24.5 million in emergency assistance, making it one of the largest bilateral donors to Madagascar. Critical public health and food security assistance transforms the lives of millions of Malagasy people throughout the country.

Mr. John Dunlop has been the Mission Director of USAID Madagascar since September 2018.

Last updated: March 17, 2020

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