Monday, 21 June, 2021

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Drought: Madagascar receives 800 tons of food supply

The African Island nation of Madagascar has suffered its worst drought in decades.

It has left over 1.5 million Madagascans hungry and in need.

This is double the figure at the same time last year and the crisis is mounting.

To address this, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has provided a grant of $686,000 to provide food relief for the Islanders.

It will be administered by the World Food Program (WFP).

The package includes 510 tons of rice, 195 tons of legumes, 78 tons of vegetable oil, 34 tons of supercereals and 14.24 tons of nutritional supplementary feeding.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the African Development Bank. This support affirms their commitment to ensure the food and nutrition security of the Malagasy people, which is vital for the development of the country.”

Moumini Ouedraogo, WFP Country Representative in Madagascar

The support from the African Development Bank complements existing aid. WFP began providing integrated assistance in October 2020, combining general food distribution with prevention and treatment of moderate to acute malnutrition in the nine most drought-affected districts in southern Madagascar.