Madagascar: Grand Sud Drought - Office of the Resident Coordinator, Situation Report No. 7 (as of 15 May - 15 July 2017)

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• 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.

• A recent IPC Food Security assessment found that for the period from June to September 2017, an estimated 409,000 people will be in IPC phases 3 and 4 in all of the districts (against 850,000 people on phases 3 and 4 in 2016), representing 25% of area’s total population, no district will be classified in IPC phase 4.

• Recent SMART surveys found severe acute malnutrition under the “emergency” threshold of 3 per cent in 8 districts, 3 districts above the global acute nutrition (GAM) “alert” threshold of 10 per cent and 5 districts below the GAM alert threshold.

• Preliminary results from the Integrated Acute Malnutrition Phase Classification exercise conducted in July 2017 has classified five districts in phase 2 (Alert) and the other three districts in phase-3 (Serious).

• More than 73 per cent of the population in the eight affected districts continue to use unimproved water points.

• A joint monitoring and evaluation mission was conducted in July to follow up ongoing early recovery activities in response of the El Niño based on the Recovery and Resilience Plan for the Grand sud.