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World Food Programme Says 1.4 Million in Madagascar in Dire Need of Food Aid

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that more than one million people are in dire need of food aid in Madagascar, as the drought situation worsens with the global pandemic.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has said that more than one million people are in dire need of food aid in Madagascar, as the drought situation worsens with the global pandemic.

“Some 1.35 million people are projected to be food insecure – 35% of the region’s population. The figure is nearly double what it was in the same period last year,” said the WFP, on Tuesday.

Theodore Mbainaissem, head of the WFP in southern Madagascar said residents are now relying on white clay with tamarind juice and other wild roots to ease hunger.

“We can’t face another year like this. With no rain and a poor harvest, people will face starvation. No one should have to live like this,” says WFP representative Moumini Ouedraogo.

The WFP says they urgently need $35 million to respond and avert the crisis, through food, cash distributions and malnutrition treatment programs.

Last month, the humanitarian organization was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2020 for its efforts in feeding around 100 million people across the globe.

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