Number of undernourished people in Madagascar increasesListen /
The number of undernourished people in Madagascar continues to rise, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).
The UN food agency says it is targeting to feed up to one million people in the island country on the Indian Ocean in 2013.
However, WFP says it is facing a serious funding shortfall in its operation in Madagascar and it may have to suspend school feeding programmes in January next year.
Elisabeth Byrs is WFP spokesperson in Geneva.
"WFP is concerned because the proportion of undernourished people in the total population has increased from 29 per cent during the period 2007/2009 to now 33 per cent for 2010/2012."
Ms. Byrs says there are one million school age children who are out of school and are unable to benefit from school feeding programmes in Madagascar.