Madagascar: Nutrition Profile

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  • Madagascar

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  • Population

    24.9 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    3.8 Million

  • % Stunting

    47% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    32% Of Children Under 5

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Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy makers Madagascar, where nearly 1.8 million children under 5 (47 percent) suffer from chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age).

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Madagascar.

  • Integrated Social Marketing Project (ISM)
  • USAID MIKOLO Project
  • Food for Peace (FFP) ASOTRY
  • USAID Community Capacity for Health Program (Mahefa Miaraka)
  • FFP Households Averting Vulnerability by Expanding Livelihood Opportunities (HAVELO)
  • Supporting Health Outcomes through Private Sectors (SHOPS) Plus Activity
  • FFP contribution to World Food Programme (WFP) Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP)


For more information, read the Madagascar country profile [PDF, 256KB].