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Poorly distributed early season rainfall may reduce agricultural income activities and affect food access

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Madagascar
  • December 2014
Poorly distributed early season rainfall may reduce agricultural income activities and affect food access

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In areas of the south and southwest that faced multiple shocks in 2013, high staple food prices and above-average debt levels are likely to lead to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity among poor households starting in October and lasting through March 2015. 

    • Early season rainfall in Madagascar has been poorly distributed and below average, particularly in western and southwestern Madagascar. This below-average rainfall may delay and reduce agricultural labor activities, reducing income earning opportunities and food access for poor households during the lean season. 

    • FAO’s locust treatment efforts are expected to target locust-affected areas where breeding is increaseed following this season’s first significant rainfall in December. Locust control bases have been located in Tsironomandidy and Ihosy, but current funding gaps may result in failure to adequately cover all affected areas and raise chances that locust populations will increase. 

       

      For more detailed analysis, see the November Madagascar Remote Monitoring Update.

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