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Madagascar: 111 kilos of rice per year per person consumed in the Island

According to a joint study British and Malagasy, three-quarters of the inhabitants of the agricultural sectors in Madagascar say not to produce rice in large enough quantities to meet the food needs of their families.
Madagascar, exporter of rice in the 1970s, is now importing. Imports of rice in Madagascar have been two times greater between 2012 and 2013, a record in this area, as reported by Radio France Internationale.
More than 410,000 tons of rice in 2013 comes from imports.
Rainfall decreased sharply as well as the invasion of migratory locusts in Madagascar dropped the national production of 12% in 2013 compared to the previous year, says Hélène David-Benz, Economist agronomist at CIRAD, the rice Observatory partner in Madagascar.
The Malagasy, who live for their large majority in the countryside, thus ranked among the biggest consumers of rice worldwide with 111 kg per year and per person.
"Yet today, 76% of the population does still not reach the minimum level of calories per day, and almost half of children under five suffer from malnutrition," recalls Radio France Internationale.

Antso Rajaona

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