MADAGASGAR / HUNGER

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12-Jan-2021 00:03:12
World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday that the three-years-long drought coupled with a sharp recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic will leave a third of the population in Southern Madagascar struggling to put food on the table. WFP

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STORY: MADAGASCAR / HUNGER
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SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: MALAGASY /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 6-10 DECEMBER 2020, AMBOASARY/ AMBOVOMBE /TAOLAGNARO, MADAGASCAR, 7 JANUARY 2021, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

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6 DECEMBER 2020. AMPAIPAIKE, AMBOVOMBE DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

1. Aerial shot, drought scourged land
2. Pan left, a dead tree in drought scourged land

10 DECEMBER 2020, ANJAMAVELO, AMBOASARY DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

3. Various shots, malnourished children emaciated after several days with no food

6 DECEMBER 2020. AMPAIPAIKE, AMBOVOMBE DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

4. Various shots, man taking water from well and carrying it away
5. Wide shot, Ikemba leaving her hut
6. Wide shot, Ikemba walking by with huts in back
7. Rack focus, Ikemba with children
8. SOUNDBITE (Malagasy): Ikemba, mother of five and grandmother of seven:
“We still have some of these leaves. When I can't go begging in the neighboring village, we have to dig under this sand without being sure to find anything. Yesterday and today I couldn't go because I feel very weak. When we don't find anything under the sand, we drink sea water. It is bad for our health, but we have no choice because otherwise we would have nothing in our tummy.”

10 DECEMBER 2020, ANJAMAVELO, AMBOASARY DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

9. Wide shot, Hitonga and her family sitting outside
10. Tracking shot, Hitonga showing a paste of tamarind and white clay

10 DECEMBER 2020, IFOTAKA, AMBOASARY DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

11. Various shots, WFP staff testing children for malnutrition

8 DECEMBER 2020, ANKARIERA, TAOLAGNARO DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

12. Aerial shot, food distribution for 787 households
13. Wide shot, women seated, waiting for distribution
14. Med shot, Vola Marie seated with her child
15. SOUNDBITE Vola Marie Zarazafy (Malagasy), walked 8 km with her child to distribution site:
“We are so poor that we have nothing to eat because of the drought. There is nothing we can do.”
16. Med shot, Vola Marie collecting food ration at distribution.
17. Wide shot, Vola Marie walking away with a man carrying her rations

7 JANUARY 2021, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

18. SOUNDBITE (English) Lola Castro, WFP Southern Africa Regional Director:
“The number of severely food insecure as well as severely acutely malnourished children is increasing as we speak. We need funding and we need resources for WFP to be able to augment the response and the capacities down in the grand sud of Madagascar.”

10 DECEMBER 2020, ANJAMAVELO, AMBOASARY DISTRICT, MADAGASCAR

19. Various shots, Hitonga cooking WFP rice and eating with her family.

STORYLINE:

World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday (12 Jan) that the three-years-long drought coupled with a sharp recession triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic will leave a third of the population in Southern Madagascar struggling to put food on the table.

With severe malnutrition rates continuing to spiral and many children forced to beg in order to help their families eat, urgent action is required to prevent a humanitarian crisis.

With drought conditions persisting into 2021 and a poor last harvest, weary communities have few resources to fall back on and many have had to leave their homes in search of food and work. Some 1.35 million people are projected to be food insecure – 35 percent of the region’s population. The figure is nearly double what it was in the same period last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the hardship, causing seasonal employment to dry up. Many families relied on this income to get through the lean season, which peaks between January and April.

“The number of severely food insecure as well as severely acutely malnourished children is increasing as we speak,” said Lola Castro, WFP’s Southern Africa Regional Director. “We need funding and we need resources for WFP to be able to augment the response and the capacities down in the grand sud of Madagascar.”

Children are worst affected by the food crisis and most of them have dropped out of schools to beg for food in the streets. A WFP assessment in Amboasary in October 2020 found that three out of four children are absent from school - mostly to help their parents forage for food.

The prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) in children under 5 in the three most affected regions (Androy, Anôsy and Atsimo Andrefana) stands at 10.7 percent. This is the second highest rate in the East and Southern Africa region. The most recent projections put the number of children likely to suffer from acute malnutrition at more than 135,000, with more than 27,000 of these being classified as severe.

WFP currently provides food assistance for almost 500,000 severely food-insecure people in the nine hardest hit districts in the South. Given the rapidly deteriorating situation, by June 2021, WFP intends to scale up its assistance to reach almost 900,000 of those most vulnerable. However, support will be needed for struggling families well beyond the current lean season.

WFP urgently needs USD 35 million to fund lifesaving food and cash distributions and malnutrition treatment programmes. This also includes emergency school feeding for 150,000 children to ensure they can stay in school and build a more secure future.
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