It has been 25 years since Ranomafana National Park, noted for its rich rainforests, incredible diversity of lemur species and bubbling hot springs (Ranomafana means ‘hot water’ in the Malagasy language), was officially made one of the country’s first national parks in 1991. Over those years the park has delighted thousands of tourists, trained a new generation of biological researchers and development professionals, and revealed many new wonders and scientific discoveries.
Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged and deepening drought in the south of the country for four years now, which has led to alarming levels of food insecurity. The crisis has resulted in complete crop failures in a region where most farmers depend on rain-fed agriculture and livestock
The southern region of Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged drought, amplified by the effects of climate change and the El Niño climate phenomenon, since 2013. The United States is especially concerned about the alarming levels of food insecurity in southern Madagascar where 900,000 people need emergency food assistance. The U.S. government is ramping up its response as needs continue to escalate during the lean season into early next year.
6.1 million people, 23.3% of the total population of Madagascar (INSTAT, 2015), will benefit from a new 5-year, $30 million USD integrated community health program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program is a collaboration between the Minstry of Public Health, USAID and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI).
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for your work, contributions to and participation in the SCAPES program implementation. We can say, with conviction, that the SCAPES project has been a great success. All your support has been invaluable, and we must continue to work hard to consolidate the gains made under SCAPES.
Last updated: January 10, 2017