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Madagascar Remote Monitoring Update - October 2014

Stressed food insecurity expected starting in October due to above-average food prices, debt

Key Messages

  • Near-average national rice production this year, along with a near-average March/April 2014 maize/legume harvest is expected to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity in northern and central Madagascar through March 2015.

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Minister Paradis Announces Canada’s Support for World Food Programme’s School Feeding Program in Madagascar

Canada’s leadership is helping to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition, improve learning, and increase school attendance

October 29, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada's continued support for the Madagascar school feeding program of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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Madagascar Welcomes Mercy Ships and Eight Months of Free Surgeries

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Mercy Ships

Volunteer medical professionals to provide more than 1,700 surgeries and health education

Toamasina, Republic of Madagascar, October 28, 2014: Amidst celebrations, His Excellency President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and his wife, Voahangy Rajaonarimampianina, along with Prime Minister Roger Kolo and his wife, Zakia Katoun, personally welcomed the world’s largest civilian hospital ship into port when Mercy Ships docked Saturday in the Port of Toamasina (Tamatave).

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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)

Highlights

  • 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

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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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Ban urges respect of democratic institutions as former president returns

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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

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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.

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CARE

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

SUMMARY

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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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.

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Madagascar + 8 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (23rd to 29th September 2014)

Regional Overview

According to FEWSNET, regional cereal production estimates for 2013/14 show an increased availability by 17 per cent above last year and 19 per cent above the past five-year average. Cereal production is also 2 per cent above the regional annual requirements.

In Focus: Southern Africa Climate Outlook

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Madagascar Remote Monitoring Update - September 2014

Stressed food insecurity to start in October due to above-average food prices, debt

Key Messages

  • Average national rice production is expected this season along with an average March/April 2014 maize/legume harvest in the south. As a result, acute food insecurity is expected to remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through at least September.

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Response to the locust plague: Programme – Campaign No. 2, 2014/15

Madagascar is prone to natural disasters, including drought, floods, cyclones and locust crises. The current locust plague began in April 2012, following a two-year upsurge that was not addressed owing to insufficient means. Given the extent of the plague, as well Madagascar’s high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, it was estimated that the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be affected in the absence of large-scale locust control operations.