An almost total disappearance of food sources has pushed people to desperate survival measures such as eating locusts, raw red cactus fruits or wild leaves and tubers.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of £3 million (US$4.1 million, equivalent to 15 trillion Malagasy ariary) from the United Kingdom towards its assistance to people in the regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana, in southern Madagascar.
This funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) will support some of the 1.3 million people affected by the worst drought in a decade in the South of the country.
British Ambassador David Ashley said:
The contribution through FCDO will enable WFP to support 100,000 people with cash-based assistance as part of the drought responses in the South of Madagascar. Each household will receive MGA 100,000 per month.
WFP Representative in Madagascar, Pasqualina Disirio said:
At least 1.3 million people need emergency food and nutrition assistance in southern Madagascar, the only place in the world right now where “famine-like conditions” have been driven by climate not conflict.