The South of Madagascar is hit by a severe drought. Poor rainfall since October 2019 have resulted to loss of crops and drying out of water sources. Populations in most affected areas are facing a severe food insecurity and acute malnutrition.
On September 24th 2020, ADRA launched FANONGA, a food security project funded by BMZ, the German Ministry for Cooperation and Economic Development. FANONGA, meaning progress in Malagasy, will intervene during three years in Ampanihy, a district of Atsimo Andrefana Region in the South of Madagascar, affected by drought and food insecurity.
In Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in March 2020. The pandemic started to reach its highest level in July 2020; the city was under lockdown and all schools had been closed since March. During the school year, ADRA has been implementing a school feeding program with the support of Rise Against Hunger, distributing fortified rice to 41 schools in the capital. However, as a result of the lockdown, school canteen has been suspended and food distribution stopped.
On the 11th and 12th of May 2020, ADRA delivered commodities and WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene) kits to the most vulnerable families in its neighbourhood. The response was funded by Latter-Day Saint Charities.