The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is helping Madagascar boost its local food supply, particularly rice, to avoid importing large quantities at high prices to meet the country’s food needs for this year. As part of its efforts to help country increase crop production, FAO launched a USD 500,000 emergency Technical Cooperation Project in July that provides rice seed, bean seed and fertilizers to some 6,000 farmers and their families. These households are among those hardest hit by cyclones that in recent months wiped out 80 percent of the last harvest. (UN News Service)

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