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Southern Madagascar: Despite interventions, 1.64 million people highly food insecure; over 300,000 children also likely acutely malnourished

Report

Despite ongoing interventions, food insecurity in Madagascar’s Grand South and South East remains high, with 1.64 million people classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4), corresponding to 37% of the population analysed. The persisting food and nutrition crisis is exacerbated by prolonged drought, insecurity and the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most affected districts, classified in Emergency, include Amboasary Atsimo, Ambovombe Androy, Ampanihy and Tsihombe, hosting nearly 300,000 people among the 400,000 people in these conditions. The latest Acute Malnutrition (AMN) analysis shows that around 309,000 children in Madagascar’s Grand South are likely to suffer from acute malnutrition through August 2022. This includes nearly 60,000 expected cases of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Although still critical, compared to the previous analysis (June 2021), there is a significant improvement in the nutritional situation, with several districts moving from IPC AMN Phase 4 (Critical) or 3 (Serious) to IPC AMN Phase 2 (Alert) between November and December 2021.
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Snapshot

When comparing the current period (Nov to Dec 2021) to projections for the same period analysed in April 2021, there was a 21% decrease in the populations in IPC Phases 4 and 5. When comparing the 2021 harvest period against the projected harvest period (Apr-Sept 2021 vs. Apr-Aug 2022), the population in IPC Phase 3 or above is projected to decrease significantly, from 43% of the analysed population to 31%. This is mainly due to the expected positive effects of above-average rainfall as well as high levels of agricultural input support, thanks to the efforts of partners.
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