Thursday 20 October 2016

Over 800,000 suffer alarming food insecurity in Madagascar – UN

United Nations Agencies  on Thursday warned that about 840,000 people were suffering from “alarming levels” of food insecurity in southern Madagascar.

Patsy Nakell of the UN Children’s Fund, said that the climatic phenomenon El Nino, which had affected the major areas of Southern Africa, had worsened the drought situation in chronically arid areas of the Indian Ocean Island State.

“A third consecutive widespread crop failure and extremely low water availability urgently require additional resources to roll out an adequate response,” UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization said in a joint statement.

“ What I saw in the south of Madagascar earlier this month alarmed me; people living on the very brink have nothing but wild fruits to eat,” said Chris Nikoi of WFP.

“Almost half of all children in Madagascar are chronically malnourished or stunted,” said Leila Gharagozloo-Pakkala, UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.

Over 90 per cent, equivalent to 24 million of Madagascar’s population live on less than 2 dollars a day.


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