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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Madagascar

22 Jul 2021


A family searches for water in Amboasary District in Anosy Region, Madagascar. © OCHA/Viviane Rakotoarivony

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 22 July 2021


Hundreds of thousands of people in Madagascar continue to suffer from one of the worst droughts that the southern region of the country has faced in more than 40 years.

The severe lack of rains and sandstorms have made it nearly impossible for farmers to grow their own food, leaving at least 1.31 million people – nearly two in every five people in the Grand Sud – severely food insecure.

Recently, the UN Resident Coordinator in Madagascar, Issa Sanogo, visited the Grand Sud region with Government officials and representants of the diplomatic community to see the situation first-hand, and said that where joint interventions have taken place, results are promising. However, due to the scale of the humanitarian situation, needs will rise further as the lean season begins if urgent action is not taken now.    

In some regions visited by the UN Resident Coordinator, malnutrition is almost quadruple the five-year average. In Amboasary Atsimo, about 75 per cent of the population is facing severe hunger and about 14,000 people are estimated to be on the brink of famine. 

Madagascar is the only conflict-free country that is experiencing catastrophic levels of hunger, with the severe food insecurity in the Grand Sud due to the consequences of the climate crisis. 

Since the beginning of 2021, donors have generously provided more than $40 million, enabling humanitarian partners to reach 800,000 people with desperately needed and life-saving assistance. 

However, the Flash Appeal, which is now being revised, is just 53 per cent funded as of the end of May, and humanitarians in Madagascar are calling on the international community to step up their support to aid organizations in the country, and urgently provide more funding to save lives and alleviate suffering in the Grand Sud.