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CRS in Madagascar

Renowned the 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 90% of the country’s population lives on less than $2 a day. GDP per capita is $420, and the country ranks 154 out of 187 in the 2015 Human Development Index.

Despite this, Madagascar is one of the most fertile countries and is ripe for strategic investment in the agriculture 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. 

Madagascar is also one of the ten countries most exposed to the effects of global warming.



People served: 715,999

Population: 25,054,161

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 education, emergency response and recovery, agriculture, agro-business, health and nutrition, good governance, climate change, and water and sanitation programs (WASH).

The country program supports multiple large and small projects in the east, southeast, southwest and deep south regions of the country with an annual budget of approximately $12 million per fiscal year, implemented by approximately 10 local partner organizations. This program is managed by over 200 national staff and 7 international staff and reaches an estimated 500,000 direct beneficiaries. CRS programming covers multiple sectors and serves poor and marginalized communities in several geographic regions in the country, depending on need.