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UK contributes £ 3million to help Malagasy families weather drought and food crisis

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UK contributes £ 3million to help Malagasy families weather drought and food crisis

The desperate situation in southern Madagascar only reinforces the importance for the world to take concerted action on climate change

LONDON, UK, October 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a contribution of £ 3 million (US $ 4.1 million, equivalent to 15 trillion Malagasy ariary) from the United Kingdom for its assistance to the populations of 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: “I am delighted that the UK is able to further contribute to the humanitarian response in southern Madagascar, following our grant to UNICEF earlier in the year. Our new grant to WFP will provide 100,000 people with access to sufficient food over a five-month period. The desperate situation in southern Madagascar only reinforces the importance for the world to take concerted action on climate change and support climate-vulnerable countries at COP26 next month in Glasgow.

The contribution via FCDO will allow WFP to support 100,000 people with cash assistance as part of drought responses in southern Madagascar. Each household will receive 100,000 MGA per month. “We are extremely grateful for the UK’s support, at this critical time, of WFP’s emergency response to assist vulnerable people in southern Madagascar. Their food and nutritional situation remains alarming even though we are only at the start of the lean season, ”said WFP representative in Madagascar, Pasqualina Disirio.

At least 1.3 million people are in need of emergency food and nutrition assistance in southern Madagascar, the only place in the world today where “famine-like conditions” were caused by the climate, not by the weather. conflicts. Almost total disappearance of food sources has pushed people into desperate survival measures such as eating locusts, raw red cactus fruits, or wild leaves and tubers.

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