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Madagascar: 3.5 million dollars required to fight against food insecurity in the south of the Island

While the south of Madagascar is hit hard by a period of severe drought, the World Food Programme (WFP) estimate that 3.5 million dollars are required for the strengthening of its assistance programs to the end of June 2015 in the country and to fight against the increasing food insecurity in the South West and South East of the Island.
"The deterioration of the food situation caused by failure of the 2014/2015 agricultural season affects about 200,000 people, including 40,000 children. Their ability to face this shock has weakened throughout the years. The assistance allows to strengthen this capacity while ensuring adequate food consumption during this difficult time, "said Willem Van Milink, WFP Representative in Madagascar.
As a reminder, the rations are currently used to feed some 120,000 people only. More than ten children have already died of hunger according to local officials. Some people even eat cactus and tamarinds fight against hunger.
Famine locally called kéré threatens food security today between 200,000 and 350,000 inhabitants in this part of the Island. Madagascar had not experienced such a drought in six years. The last rainfall was recorded in September 2014.


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