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Helping Mothers And Children Fight Malnutrition In Madagascar

In the south-west of Madagascar, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) work hand in hand to provide nutritional support and improve access to health services for pregnant and nursing women, as well as children under two.

Ambemasy lives in Itampolo, a village located in remote areas in southwestern Madagascar. This is a fishing village surrounded by thorny scrub.

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USAID Mission announces new $75 million Food Security Program

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR: The U.S. Embassy, through USAID/Madagascar, announced two new food security programs, which will directly benefit over 620,000 individuals. The programs Asotry*, implemented by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA); and Fararano*, carried out by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), will receive a total of $75 million in support (over 188 billion Ariary) to reduce food insecurity and increase vulnerable households’ resilience to shocks in five regions: Amoron’I Mania, Atsimo Andrefana, Atsinanana, Haute Matsiatra and Vatovavy-Fitovinany.

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ADRA partners with USAID in Food Security Program to reach 264,380 people

ANTANANARIVO— The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is one of two agencies partnering with USAID in a $75 million food security initiative in Madagascar. The five-year ADRA program titled Asotry* will reduce vulnerability and food insecurity among households and communities in the regions of Amoron’i Mania, Haute Matsiatra, and Atsimo Andrefana.

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FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission to Madagascar, 2014 (Summary)


  • Rice production (Madagascar’s staple crop) in 2014 is estimated at about 4 million tonnes (in paddy terms), 10 percent higher than the sharply reduced 2013 harvest, but down 13 and 9 percent compared to 2012 and the previous five-year average, respectively. Maize and cassava production declined by 4 and 6 percent, respectively, compared to 2013.

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Prenant acte du retour à Madagascar de l’ancien Président Ravalomanana, Ban Ki-moon appelle toutes les parties à œuvrer à la réconciliation nationale

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée, aujourd’hui, par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général a pris acte du retour à Madagascar de l’ancien Président Marc Ravalomanana le 13 octobre. Il rejette les propos remettant en cause la légitimité des institutions issues des récentes élections, que M. Ravalomanana a tenus lors de sa conférence de presse.

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The African Union calls on the Malagasy stakeholders to exercise restraint and leadership following the return of former president Marc Ravalomanana

African Union

Addis Ababa, 15 October 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Dr.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is closely monitoring the situation in Madagascar, following the return of Mr. Marc Ravalomanana, former President of the Republic, on 13 October 2014. She notes that his return took place without consultation with the Malagasy authorities and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Ban urges respect of democratic institutions as former president returns

UN News Service

16 October 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today rejected remarks made by former President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, challenging the legitimacy of his country's democratic institutions.

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L'ONU rejette la remise en cause de la légitimité des institutions par l'ex-Président Ravalomanana

UN News Service

16 octobre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a pris acte du retour à Madagascar de l'ancien Président Marc Ravalomanana le 13 octobre et a rejeté les propos remettant en cause la légitimité des institutions issues des récentes élections, que M. Ravalomanana a tenus lors de sa conférence de presse.

« Le Secrétaire général insiste sur l'obligation de respecter le gouvernement démocratiquement élu et l'état de droit », a dit son porte-parole dans une déclaration à la presse.

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Madagascar : réduire l'impact des catastrophes naturelles.


Hier, a eu lieu la journée mondiale de prévention des risques de catastrophes naturelles. Située au milieu du bassin cyclonique du Sud-Ouest de l'océan Indien, Madagascar est fortement exposé aux cyclones tropicaux. Nos équipes y ont présenté au grand public leurs actions dans ce domaine et ont participé à un partage d'expérience avec d'autres ONG et des autorités locales et nationales.

Le nombre de catastrophes naturelles dans le monde a triplé en 30 ans

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, October 2014


  • The forecast for global cereal production in 2014 has been raised closer to last year’s record, which is expected to boost inventories to a multi-year high.

  • Export prices of wheat and maize decreased further in September to multiyear lows, driven by expectations of large global supplies in 2014/15. Even rice prices, which had been rising in previous months, fell in September.

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Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Update for September with a Forecast through Mid-November, 2014


The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.

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A Madagascar, avoir stoppé l’invasion acridienne n’exclut pas un grand risque de résurgence

2 octobre 2014, Rome - L'invasion acridienne qui s'est propagée à travers Madagascar, menaçant les principales cultures vivrières de base et les pâturages, a été contenue mais ce succès est mis en péril par un manque de financements, a déclaré la FAO aujourd'hui.

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Locust plague in Madagascar halted, but at great risk of resurgence

A locust plague that threatened the main staple food crops and pasture in the country has been successfully contained; however, progress is under threat due to lack of funds, FAO said.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Waiting for water in Madagascar

A new piping system replaces standing in long lines for water

“The people here should seriously think of using the tap water because it is safe, unlike the water from the river that is polluted and is a source of illnesses.”

Sept. 2014—Not too long ago, residents in eastern Madagascar gained access to safe drinking water in their own homes—a development that has significantly improved their health and daily routine, not to mention the convenience of onsite plumbing in the small village.

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Madagascar Price Bulletin September 2014

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.