The United Nations has warned that 1.5 million Malagasy people face severe hunger and food shortages because of the ongoing drought in the south of the country (link). The ‘El Nino’ phenomenon has resulted in unusually dry weather and means that harvests are substantially below their usual levels, with families in affected areas resorting to eating seed stocks which will further exacerbate the situation over the coming months.
According to the UN, over a million people living in the affected regions have low food security. Without urgent action to secure food sources for these people the situation could become substantially worse. We need urgent help to allow our partners to buy new drought-resistant seed stock and equipment for farmers. Money for Madagascar is running an urgent appeal to help those affected by this drought. Please donate now if you can!
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To find out more about the crisis currently unfolding, visit http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/449030/icode/.