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Up to 1.3 million people in southern Madagascar set to face crisis levels of food insecurity by year-end

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May 2021

Southern regions of the Republic of Madagascar are currently facing a severe food insecurity and malnutrition crisis due to multiple shocks such as drought, sandstorms, plant and animal pests and diseases, and the impact of COVID-19. This has triggered about 42 percent of the population is facing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, of whom nearly 14 000 in Phase 5. This figure is expected to double reaching a total of 1.31 million people in October–December 2021, if appropriate humanitarian action is not taken. Given the significant loss of livelihoods and reduced access to food for vulnerable households, providing them with seeds, tools and other essential inputs is key to recover agricultural activities to quickly produce food, generate income and strengthen their resilience.