GENEVA / MADAGASCAR RURAL TRANSFORMATION

20-Jan-2023 00:02:15
Under the Rapid Rural Transformation (RRT) initiative, WFP and partners establish solar-powered hubs to provide essential services to the communities in Madagascar, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner. UNTV CH / WFP
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STORY: GENEVA / MADAGASCAR RURAL TRANSFORMATION
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SOURCE: UNTV CH / WFP
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DATELNE: 18 JANUARY 2023, ANOSY REGION, SOUTHERN MADAGASCAR
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WFP - 18 JANUARY 2023, ANOSY REGION, SOUTHERN MADAGASCAR

1. Drone shot, solar-powered hub, which serves as the energy source for the Rapid Rural Transformation (RRT) Initiative, a project set up by WFP and partners which supplies essential services such as energy, water, and digital platforms to members of the community, in an environmentally sustainable manner.
2. Drone shot, agricultural production by use of solar-powered drip irrigation and hydroponics.
3. Various shots, people collecting water at the sustainable drinking water source.
4. Various shots, WFP delegation visiting solar-powered hub.
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Manoj Juneja, WFP Deputy Executive Director:
“The solar panels here in this Rapid Rural Transformation project can allow the community to get that basic energy in a green form. And with that energy it can be converted with water pumps, we can extract water from the ground which can be used as drinking water, which can be used for irrigation, and then there are so many opportunities that come from that; agricultural production through training, the facilities that are over here that would then allow for school education, home-grown school feeding and so much else that perhaps we haven’t thought about yet.”
6. Various shots, students in the digital classrooms making use of solar-powered ICT services.
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Under the Rapid Rural Transformation (RRT) initiative, WFP and partners establish solar-powered hubs, a sustainable water source and information and communications technology (ICT) in remote areas in Madagascar, allowing for the provision of essential services such as energy, water, and digital platforms to members of the community, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

The hub, which is managed by regional authorities, allows various partners to set up integrated community services such as training centers for women and youth on food production and business skills, as well as digital classrooms, while enhancing agricultural production through solar-powered drip irrigation and hydroponics.

“With this pilot project, we will facilitate rural transformation even in geographically isolated areas, through the provision of clean water for irrigation, the operation of health care facilities, the expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities, and the development of their agricultural value chains,” Jocelyn Raharimbola, Governor of the Anosy region explains. “Following years of food insecurity, data on the ground shows an improvement in the nutritional situation thanks to emergency interventions and collaboration with agencies such as WFP.”

Madagascar is among the ten countries most vulnerable to disasters in the world and is considered the most cyclone-exposed country in Africa. The Androy and Anosy regions are at the sharp end of the climate crisis and have high rates of chronic malnutrition among children under five. The regions are adversely affected by extreme weather events such as cyclones, storms, and droughts.

The Rapid Rural Transformation (RRT) initiative combines two climate risk mitigation strategies to assist the people: better natural resource management through enhanced agricultural techniques to assure ongoing food production and diversifying their livelihoods to withstand climate shocks.

This is a "game changer" program emphasized Tomson Phiri, WFP Regional Communications Lead and Spokesperson for Southern Africa, at the press briefing in Geneva, from Antananarivo.

Working with the government, the integrated services approach helps the WFP to stimulate grassroots development, while addressing rural communities’ most pressing needs. WFP's plan is to expand the initiative to other villages and regions.

Approximately 2.2 million people in the southern and south-eastern regions of Madagascar are experiencing high levels of food insecurity (IPC 3 and 4 - Integrated Food Security Phase Classification) during the pre-harvest period until April 2023. WFP works with government and partners to build effective crisis response, social protection, malnutrition prevention and resilient livelihood systems through innovative actions and approaches in the south, where the population remains highly vulnerable.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change.
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