CLIMATE & HUNGER CRISIS IN Madagascar
Frequent climate extremes like cyclones and drought are driving hunger in southern Madagascar.
While WFP assistance helped avert a humanitarian catastrophe in drought-stricken southern Madagascar, hunger persists – driven by the combined effects of extreme climate, poor harvests, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.
1.95M people in the south are living in a hunger crisis
90% of Madagascar’s original rainforests have been lost
Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island
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“WFP’s food is really lifesaving assistance as there is not much to eat in the region. We have cactus fruit for lunch and save the precious rice and split peas for dinner,” says Lignerene, a farmer and mother of 6 in the Ampanihy district.
Recurring drought and a weakened economy, worsened by the fallout of the COVID-19, are driving a severe food crisis in Madagascar. Families like Lignerene’s urgently need our help.
How We Are Saving Lives in Madagascar
WFP is on the ground across Madagascar, delivering food and creating programs to help people withstand an otherwise devastating cycle of floods, droughts, cyclones and instability.
WFP aims to reach 1M people with emergency food assistance in southern Madagascar, where hunger levels are highest.
WFP prepositions food ahead of natural disasters and then races to reach affected populations with food and cash assistance.
In the southern regions of Atsimo-Andrefana, Androy and Anosy, WFP is the largest provider of school meals.
WFP connects farmers to markets and provides them with training and tools, which boosts their incomes and access to food.
It has been nearly two years since the alarming report of severe hunger in southern Madagascar. The convergence of climate shocks, crop failures and the economic impact of COVID-19 drove the country’s hunger rates. At this critical moment, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) carried out lifesaving activities in Madagascar.
As you will read in this report, WFP made a difference in the lives of millions in Madagascar.
In the Grip of Drought & Famine
The island nation suffers more and more devastating climate events every year. By April 2021, 70% of the Grand Sud (south) region of Madagascar was impacted by drought which led to another failed harvest in 2022.Photo: WFP/Tsiory Andriantsoarana
Madagascar is among the ten countries most vulnerable to disasters and is considered to be the most cyclone-exposed country in Africa. A quarter of the population lives in areas highly prone to cyclones, floods or drought.Photo: WFP/Tsiory Andriantsoarana
Despite vast natural resources, Malagasy incomes have stagnated - and poverty has risen - over the past few decades. COVID-19 has also exacerbated poverty levels by pushing the prices of staple foods up and cutting job opportunities.Photo: WFP/Tsiory Ny Aina Andriantsoarana
Madagascar boasts a unique ecosystem, with thousands of species of plants and animals found nowhere else. Farming, fishing and forestry form the backbone of the Malgasy economy. But most farmers rely on small, rain-fed parcels of land, and struggle to produce in the face of climate shocks, instability, and lack of access to equipment and land.Photo: WFP/Giulio d'Adamo
You can help save lives by donating to send food to countries like Madagascar facing severe hunger crises.