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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Madagascar

12 Feb 2021

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Residents in the drought-affected communities of Ifotaka, southern Madagascar, collect food assistance provided by the UN World Food Progamme. © WFP/Tsiory Andriantsoarana

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 12 February 2021

Madagascar

OCHA is seriously concerned about the rapidly deteriorating food security situation in the southern and eastern parts of Madagascar, where more than 1.3 million people are facing severe hunger.

Southern Madagascar is facing its worst drought in 10 years, and the third drought in a row, compounding the effects of COVID-19 and the extremely limited access to essential services in the region.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, significant rainfall deficits in the Grand Sud region have led to a decline in the area planted with staple foods and will likely compromise food production this year. Water availability for livestock is low and pasture degraded.

This will probably push more people into severe levels of food insecurity in the months ahead, increasing the need for humanitarian assistance.

The UN, along with its humanitarian partners, launched in January an urgent appeal for US$76 million to provide more than 1 million people with life-saving assistance, including food, screening and treatment of acute malnutrition, water and sanitation and health services.

Unfortunately, only $140,000 has been received against this appeal so far. The UN urgently calls on the international community to step forward and provide the necessary funding for this urgent yet often forgotten crisis.