Madagascar

GIEWS Country Brief: Madagascar 10-January-2012

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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Erratic rains characterise the start of the 2011/12 agricultural season

  • Drop in rice production in 2010/2011

  • Despite improved food security conditions in southern regions, increasing prices are expected to aggravate conditions

Start of 2011/12 season characterised by mixed rains

Planting of the main rice crop is almost finalised. Erratic rainfall during the first three months of the 2011/12 agricultural season (October-December) resulted in water deficits in far northern and western regions while average to above average rains were received in the main rice producing regions in north-central parts of the country.

The cyclone season has just begun and in early January a moderate tropical storm, Chandra, caused some localised flooding in western regions. Information on damages is not yet available.