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Food Distribution in Anosy Region

Southern Madagascar is currently experiencing extreme food shortages and rising prices. Following months of closed borders and restrictions on travel and trade, food insecurity is growing across the Island with the situation in the south now critical. This, coupled with seasonal drought and cyclical lean seasons before crops can be harvested means half the region’s population, or 1.5 million people, are now not able to find enough food to eat. The number of people affected is three times the number projected mid-year, with women and children comprising most of those experiencing “crisis” or “emergency” hunger conditions.

As hunger numbers rise, so do the proportion of families who are resorting to crisis-coping mechanisms. Reports are now circulating in National and International media of people being forced to eat bugs or clay, and SEED staff have reported that those in rural communities are resorting to eating plants that unless soaked for days are poisonous.

At least 135,476 children under five are predicted to suffer from acute malnutrition in nine districts in the Grand Sud

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

In the wake of the severe economic challenges brought on by COVID-19, and the ongoing drought, SEED Madagascar has begun a 6-month intervention to provide emergency food distribution to some of Madagascar’s most vulnerable populations. Initially this will focus on 41 rural communities surrounding the regional town of Fort Dauphin where SEED is based, and the isolated communities where no other agencies are working in food insecurity.

What we're doing

  • Trained 82 community health agents and 7 health clinic (CSB) staff across 7 rural health care centres in identifying malnutrition in children under five
  • Community health agents have completed malnutrition screening across 41 rural villages
  • Set up two food storage sites near CSBs
  • Purchased and transported 10,000 ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) packets from Madagascar's capital of Antananarivo to target sites, with more to come
  • (In progress) Distributed rice, beans and oil to 31 families of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)
  • (In progress) Supported three children with SAM who have complications, and their families, in traveling to the hospital in Fort Dauphin
  • (In progress) Provided targeted nutrition education to 31 households receiving food distributions

How you can help

Donors

This project is possible thanks to the generosity of The Silver Lady Fund and private donors via Enthuse.

The Silver Lady Fund