• The rainfall season was favorable for agriculture between December 2016 and June 2017 over most parts of the Grand Sud.
• Due to the combination of better rainfall and comprehensive response activities, the humanitarian improved significantly compared to 2016.
• Mars marque le pic de la période de soudure alimentaire dans de nombreux pays touchés par la sècheresse induite par El Niño l'an dernier (source: FEWS NET).
• La saison des pluies a continué à apporter des précipitations au Grand Sud, alors que ces pluies entravent encore la fourniture des aides humanitaires et l'accès aux marchés locaux.
· March marks the peak of the lean season across many countries impacted by last year’s El Niño-induced drought (source: FEWS NET).
· The rainfall season has been continuing to bring rain to the Grand Sud. While welcome, these rains are still hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the access to local markets.
· Some communities have opted for migration as a survival strategy because of the "Kere", this has affected until 35% of the population in the village of Beloha South (cumulated figure).
• Three districts remain classified as IPC Phase 4 (Emergency), with others in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).
• Pockets of high acute malnutrition persist, some above the WHO emergency threshold.
• Out of the 1.3 million people in IPC phases 1, 2, 3 and 4, still more than 1.1 million people (88%) remain in need of potable water.
• The rainfall season has commenced, except over Taolognaro.
• Three districts are still classified as IPC phase 4 (emergency) while others are IPC phase 3 (crisis).
• Persistence of pockets of high acute malnutrition including some above the emergency threshold
• Up to 50 per cent of teachers and 17 per cent of pupils have been absent during the first month of school year 2016-2107 in the Androy Region.