Madagascar Meals Safety Outlook Replace, August 2022 – Madagascar

August 27, 2022


Cassava harvests provide marginal enhancements in southwestern Madagascar because the lean season begins

Key Messages

  • Ongoing humanitarian help is presently mitigating worst meals safety outcomes in Betioky and Ampanihy districts, a few of the hardest hit by this yr’s extreme drought, leading to Disaster! (IPC Section 3!) outcomes. Given the numerous shocks to those areas in recent times – together with drought and effectively below-average maize and cassava harvests, households’ capacity to make use of coping methods is severely restricted. Within the absence of humanitarian help, Emergency (IPC Section 4) outcomes will doubtless emerge in southwestern Madagascar in the course of the 2022/23 lean season.

  • Households within the Grand South at the moment are accessing cassava and candy potato harvests from personal manufacturing as harvesting is ongoing. Nonetheless, root and tuber manufacturing is anticipated to be beneath common as a result of restricted entry to inputs and poor soil moisture situations, which developed in southwestern Madagascar in the course of the extreme drought. In accordance with the 2022 cassava manufacturing forecast by the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MINAE), Atsimo Andrefana area is anticipated to be worst-affected and cassava manufacturing on this area is projected to be 11 p.c beneath final yr and 41 p.c beneath the newest three-year common. Cyclone impacts within the Vatovavy Fitovinany area are additionally anticipated to cut back this yr’s cassava harvest by 8 p.c in comparison with final yr and 49 p.c in comparison with the newest three-year common.

  • Meals costs for cereals (rice and maize) and pulses (cowpeas) have continued to rise in key reference markets since June. Dried cassava and groundnut costs have additionally been trending upwards seasonally throughout markets, reflecting declining inventory ranges following the maize harvest and earlier than the beginning of the cassava harvest. Meals costs are persistently above 2021 and five-year common ranges throughout essential reference markets, particularly within the Grand South. In Toliara market, the worth of maize elevated by 21 p.c from June to July whereas trending at 15 p.c above 2021 ranges and 103 p.c above the five-year common. In the meantime, costs in July of dried cassava and native rice have been 82 and 14 p.c above final yr, respectively, and 211 and 48 p.c above the five-year common, respectively.

  • Forecasts point out that common rainfall is more than likely throughout the Grand South on the outset of the 2022/23 wet season, supporting an on-time begin to the agricultural season. Soil moisture deficits should nonetheless be overcome, however rainfall ought to enhance agricultural labor alternatives, as in comparison with final yr. Nonetheless, a number of years of drought, restricted entry to agricultural inputs, and better than regular costs are all anticipated to result in below-average agricultural labor alternatives and therefore decreased earnings ranges for poor households within the Grand South.

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