Madagascar faced with serious food insecurity this year – FAO

Madagascar is faced with a "serious food insecurity situation" this year, a source from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) told Xinhua Wednesday.


Raharinaivo Volantiana, FAO’s communication officer in Madagascar, said a report to be released later this month showing the trend of the food situation is bleak, especially for the three regions in southern Madagascar.


Volantiana said the food situation in the eastern region of Vatovavy Fitovinany, the southeast region of Atsimo Atsinanana and the extreme southern region of Androy had “deteriorated.’

“The situation has been brought about by reduced food stocks in most households, combined with the poor harvest during the last farming season,” he said.

“In the south, the poverty levels have surpassed the national average and are the highest in Madagascar. A region like Androy, one of the most vulnerable zones, is experiencing a 90 percent poverty level,” Volantiana said.

According to FAO, the current situation requires concrete actions from different stakeholders working in the food security sector, to help the population avoid a worse situation.

To address the challenge of reduced rice stocks in the southeast region, 74 percent of communes reduced the number of meals per day in August and September, FAO said.

In Androy region, drought and the passage of crickets in previous months resulted in low yield, and FAO reports that 50 percent of communes in the region are facing an alarming vulnerability situation. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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