Long Term Food Security & Resilience in Madagascar

Project Details

Project Locations: Atsimo Andrefana and Androy regions

Timeframe: 2019 – 2024

Partners: Land O’Lakes Venture 37, Humanity & Inclusion, Youth First, Conseil de Développement Diocésain (CDD) Tuléar, Harvard University, Cornell University

Project Overview

CRS Madagascar is implementing the program Maharo (“capable to protect or defend” in Antandroy), a comprehensive food and nutrition security program designed to prevent and reduce acute food insecurity among the most vulnerable people, households and communities in Androy and Atsimo Andrefana for five years (2019- 2024). Maharo is funded by the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Maharo builds on multi-sectoral food and nutrition security projects implemented by CRS in the south of Madagascar since 2008, in collaboration with the Government of Madagascar’s technical and administrative services, local and international developmental organizations and Catholic Church partners.

Key Areas of Intervention

  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Agriculture
  • Livelihoods
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Disaster and Risk Reduction
  • Safety Net
  • Governance
  • Social Inclusion
  • Gender and Youth

Expected Outcomes

  • Communities and the most vulnerable households and individuals are supported by inclusive and effective social services and safety nets;
  • The nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, adolescents (particularly girls) and children under five is improved;
  • Extremely poor and vulnerable households’ and women, youth and people with disabilities within those households have more resilient livelihoods;
  • Vulnerable households, communities and institutions have improved resilience to disasters, shocks and climate-related stresses.

CRS in Madagascar

CRS began working in Madagascar in 1962 to provide a life-saving response to emergencies and to contribute to ending chronic poverty and injustice through innovative development programs. CRS has since been working in Madagascar in emergency response and recovery, agriculture, health and nutrition, microfinance, education, governance and water, sanitation and hygiene. CRS Madagascar’s main partners are the Catholic Church and local faith-based organizations.