WFP Madagascar Country Brief, January 2018



  • WFP is implementing resilience strengthening activities in 16 targeted communes of the South and South East, where the food security situation has improved.
    Nutritional support and school feeding programmes are also implemented in those communes, for higher impact.

  • Given that the 2017/2018 cyclone season is reported to be highly active, WFP is enhancing its emergency preparedness measures. WFP has provided emergency food assistance to 11,790 households displaced following cyclone AVA.

  • In view of the imminent threat of the Fall Army Worm (reported in 14 of 22 regions), an expert assessment mission has been commissioned with FAO support.

Operational Updates

Integrated approach in the 16 targeted communes of the South: Since October 2017, in coordination with other actors present in the South and South-Eastern regions, WFP began implementing a complementary set of programmes including Food Assistance for Assets activities, MAM prevention and school feeding in areas which experienced an improvement in their food security situation, to strengthen the resilience of these communities. For greater impact, the approach will be maintained in these areas for at least two years. As part of the FFA programme, 195,505 people are being assisted through food and cash-based modalities.

WFP’s response to cyclone AVA: Tropical cyclone AVA made landfall on the eastern coast of Madagascar causing 29 fatalities and displacing 17,000 people from their homes.
While the Government provided an initial response, the support of other organizations including WFP was sought. WFP supported the Disaster Risk Management Authority (BNGRC) to conduct drone and aerial assessments. At a later stage,
WFP provided unconditional food assistance to 11,790 cyclone affected people in Ampanefy/Soavina (surroundings of the capital which were heavily flooded), and, south-eastern district of Farafangana (both lightly conditional Food Assistance for Assets, and unconditional food distribution).

Fall Army Worm (FAW): FAW was first reported in Madagascar at the beginning of November 2017 in five municipalities of two districts (Tulear II and Morombe) in south-western regions. The crops at risks are maize, black eye peas, groundnuts. Under the leadership of the Ministry of Agriculture, a Task Force assigned to the fight against FAW proliferation was established in January 2018. To date, the presence of FAW is reported in 14 out of the 22 Regions of Madagascar. Most of them are major food crop producing areas. About 250,000 hectares of maize fields are at risk in the affected regions. During the second half of February 2018, FAO will commission an expert assessment mission to support the Ministry of Agriculture in analyzing the FAW situation in the country.