The southern part of Madagascar has been affected by famine, caused by three years of consecutive drought.
The affected region has experienced poor harvests due to lack of rain and the effects of thunderstorms, which have destroyed farm crops.
The effects of the famine are exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19 that has caused a lack of jobs and a closure of markets.
Many households are surviving on exceptionally low incomes due to loss of livelihoods and many are migrating in search of food and work consequently, school dropouts are common.
ACT Local member SAF/FJKM are monitoring the situation and coordinating regional response efforts.