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CRS in Madagascar

Renowned world over for its biodiversity and generous and resilient people, Madagascar is nonetheless one of the poorest countries in the world. More than 50% of all households can be classified as food insecure, and over 80% of the country’s population lives on less than $2 a day. Despite this, Madagascar is one of the most fertile countries and is ripe for strategic investment in the sector. 

CRS Madagascar works in close partnership with local organizations with which we share a vision. Strengthening the capacity of these partners is fundamental to the programs in all regions where we work. We place special emphasis on working with the social agencies of the local Catholic Church because of our mutual commitment to promoting justice and integral human development.

CRS Madagascar has also formed several Cross Sector Engagement (CSE) partnerships with multinational and local corporations, international non-profits and universities.   


People served: 170,866 (FY 2014: 95,509 direct; 75,357 indirect)

Population: 23,201,926 (July 2014)

Size: 226,658 sq mi; slightly less than twice the size of Arizona 

CRS' History in Madagascar

CRS began working in Madagascar in 1962 to provide life-saving relief in the wake of natural and man-made emergencies and address issues of chronic poverty and injustice through innovative and sustainable development programs.

CRS has since diversified its program portfolio in several sectors, including emergency response and recovery, agriculture, agro-business, health and nutrition, good governance, climate change, and water and sanitation programs (WASH).

The country program supports 10 large and small projects in the east, southeast and southwest regions of country with an annual budget of approximately $10 million per fiscal year, implemented by approximately 15 local partner organizations. This program is managed by about 70 national staff and four international staff and reaches an estimated 500,000 direct beneficiaries. CRS programming covers multiple sectors and serves poor and marginalized communities in over half of the geographic regions in the country.