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  During the first week of August US Ambassador Claire A Pierangelo visited drought stricken southern Madagascar where she met with regional officials health care providers and security specialists and beneficiaries and saw firsthand the positive impacts of US government supported economic development programs and innovative agricultural approaches and humanitarian assistance infrastructure Throughout the five day visit Ambassador Pierangelo witnessed both the extent of the climate related effects on residents of the region and the extent of the United States response through the United States Agency United States for International Development USAID to safeguard food security in partnership with United Nations agencies non governmental organizations and the Government of Madagascar Through these partnerships USAID supported programs feed the most vulnerable improve health service delivery expand livelihoods and protect endangered animals and plants The United States government is more committed than ever to reducing poverty hunger and malnutrition in Madagascar Ambassador Pierangelo said at the end of the visit On this trip I have seen innovative and effective ways to address the root causes of poverty and the problems that stem from it On Monday in the Ampanihy district Ambassador Pierangelo met with healthcare providers and community health volunteers to discuss recent USAID supported training that has helped them provide better services in maternal and child health nutrition and disease prevention malaria in the region In Tanambao Beloha district at a USAID supported growth monitoring site mothers presented their children under five for malnutrition screening and sat down for training on how to prepare nutritious meals for families with locally available ingredients A local mother named Mboae was told at a screening six months ago that her baby was malnourished and was instructed to give the baby high nutrition ready to use complementary foods in addition to her usual diet In today s follow up she told the ambassador they say my daughter has made a full recovery In the village of Vohibola in the Beloha District Ambassador Pierangelo saw how USAID had donated seeds and established a clean water supply and alternative irrigation system for farm households Meeting with villagers he heard how this new technology has helped them cope with persistent drought With almost no access to a water source irrigating my crops was a struggle said Tavesoae a mother of eight whose garden benefits from the new water supply near her home The program gave me seeds and also water for my garden The different vegetables I grow now help keep my family healthy and well fed The Ambassador also met with fishermen from the Lavanono Coast in the Beloha District where fishing is the only viable livelihood to learn how the United States has helped this community form savings and loan groups to improve their power purchasing power and saving and investing your earnings These groups have helped women to undertake income generating activities beyond fishing In Ambovombe Ambassador Pierangelo visited members of a USAID supported sweetpotato growers association and sampled recipes made with nutritious weather resistant orange fleshed sweetpotatoes Association members explained how the introduction of the easy to grow vitamin A rich sweet potato has made a real difference in improving both the area s economy and the health of local families Ambassador Pierangelo also stopped at the Mahavelo Turtle Center where the Turtle Survival Alliance TSA restores the health of endangered turtles seized during wildlife trafficking attempts Since receiving USAID support in 2020 they have cared for more than 26 000 tortoises confiscated during trafficking attempts in Madagascar and released 1 000 back into the wild TSA also purchases food for the turtles from local communities providing much needed revenue Ambassador Pierangelo shared her observations with local radio and television journalists in Taolagnaro noting that US assistance including 2 1 million from the Department of Defense helped 1 5 million citizens survive the drought and transformed the people s lives in the short and long term I consider Madagascar to be an incredibly beautiful and abundant country with tremendous potential the Ambassador said I am proud that the US government is helping Madagascar address the many challenges it faces so that one day Madagascar can better manage these issues and provide equal opportunity to all its citizens Since 2015 the US government has committed more than 346 million to support drought relief emergency and development assistance in the South and Southeast Like mpirahalahy mianala the United States is working closely with Madagascar to help communities better respond to future climate impacts
United States (US) Ambassador Makes First Trip to Drought-Stricken Southern Madagascar

1 During the first week of August, US Ambassador Claire A.

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2 Pierangelo visited drought-stricken southern Madagascar, where she met with regional officials, health care providers and security specialists and beneficiaries.

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3 and saw firsthand the positive impacts of US government-supported economic development programs and innovative agricultural approaches and humanitarian assistance infrastructure.

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4 Throughout the five-day visit, Ambassador Pierangelo witnessed both the extent of the climate-related effects on residents of the region and the extent of the United States response, through the United States Agency United States for International Development (USAID), to safeguard food security in partnership.

5 with United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations and the Government of Madagascar.

6 Through these partnerships, USAID-supported programs feed the most vulnerable, improve health service delivery, expand livelihoods, and protect endangered animals and plants.

7 “The United States government is more committed than ever to reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition in Madagascar,” Ambassador Pierangelo said at the end of the visit.

8 “On this trip I have seen innovative and effective ways to address the root causes of poverty and the problems that stem from it.”

9 On Monday, in the Ampanihy district, Ambassador Pierangelo met with healthcare providers and community health volunteers to discuss recent USAID-supported training that has helped them provide better services in maternal and child health, nutrition and disease prevention.

10 malaria in the region.

11 In Tanambao, Beloha district, at a USAID-supported growth monitoring site, mothers presented their children under five for malnutrition screening and sat down for training on how to prepare nutritious meals for families with locally available ingredients.

12 A local mother named Mboae was told at a screening six months ago that her baby was malnourished and was instructed to give the baby high-nutrition, ready-to-use complementary foods in addition to her usual diet.

13 “In today’s follow-up,” she told the ambassador, “they say my daughter has made a full recovery.”

14 In the village of Vohibola in the Beloha District, Ambassador Pierangelo saw how USAID had donated seeds and established a clean water supply and alternative irrigation system for farm households.

15 Meeting with villagers, he heard how this new technology has helped them cope with persistent drought.

16 “With almost no access to a water source, irrigating my crops was a struggle,” said Tavesoae, a mother of eight whose garden benefits from the new water supply near her home.

17 “The program gave me seeds and also water for my garden.

18 The different vegetables I grow now help keep my family healthy and well fed.” The Ambassador also met with fishermen from the Lavanono Coast in the Beloha District, where fishing is the only viable livelihood, to learn how the United States has helped this community form savings and loan groups to improve their power.

19 purchasing power and saving and investing your earnings.

20 These groups have helped women to undertake income-generating activities beyond fishing.

21 In Ambovombe, Ambassador Pierangelo visited members of a USAID-supported sweetpotato growers association and sampled recipes made with nutritious, weather-resistant orange-fleshed sweetpotatoes.

22 Association members explained how the introduction of the easy-to-grow, vitamin A-rich sweet potato has made a real difference in improving both the area’s economy and the health of local families.

23 Ambassador Pierangelo also stopped at the Mahavelo Turtle Center, where the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) restores the health of endangered turtles seized during wildlife trafficking attempts.

24 Since receiving USAID support in 2020, they have cared for more than 26,000 tortoises confiscated during trafficking attempts in Madagascar and released 1,000 back into the wild.

25 TSA also purchases food for the turtles from local communities, providing much-needed revenue.

26 Ambassador Pierangelo shared her observations with local radio and television journalists in Taolagnaro, noting that US assistance, including $2.1 million from the Department of Defense, helped 1.5 million citizens survive the drought and transformed the people’s lives in the short and long term.

27 “I consider Madagascar to be an incredibly beautiful and abundant country with tremendous potential,” the Ambassador said.

28 “I am proud that the US government is helping Madagascar address the many challenges it faces so that one day Madagascar can better manage these issues and provide equal opportunity to all its citizens.” Since 2015, the US government has committed more than $346 million to support drought relief, emergency and development assistance in the South and Southeast.

29 Like “mpirahalahy mianala,” the United States is working closely with Madagascar to help communities better respond to future climate impacts.

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