Madagascar: Acute Food Insecurity Situation in Grand Sud for October 2016 - December 2016 and Projection for January - March 2017
Over 840,000 people in need of humanitarian assistance to save lives and protect livelihoods
01.10.2016 > 31.03.2017


& next steps


According to the IPC acute food insecurity analysis in Southern Madagascar*, 52% of households in 8 districts of the Grand Sud of Madagascar are severely food insecure (equivalent to IPC Phase 3 "Crisis" and IPC Phase 4 "Emergency"). Among those, 20 % are classified to be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) with have extreme food gaps and are in urgent need of assistance. Households in IPC Phase 4 are likely to be those who have lost all crops, do not own animals and do not have other significant sources of income apart from those related to agricultural activities. 

Evidence shows that the situation is likely to deteriorate in January-March 2017 if humanitarian assistance is not scaled up. During this period, food production, stocks and income will continue to be insufficient to allow adequate food consumption of households that are already facing acute food insecurity conditions. 

The highest proportions of acutely food insecure populations are observed in Tsihombe, Beloha and Amboasary Sud districts. The most food insecure include households with poor food consumption patterns and which resort to coping strategies that are typical of emergency and crisis conditions, including consumption of seeds, sale of productive assets etc. 

*The IPC acute food insecurity analysis was conducted in September - October 2016 by the Multi-Sectoral IPC Technical Working Group (TWG), which is coordinated by the Vulnerability Assessment Committee (VAC) of SADC. 

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