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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 - 6:15am

ANTANANARIVO - Logging and trafficking on local and international markets threatens Malagasy precious hardwoods--like rosewood, palisander, and ebony--with extinction.  These activities have devastating impacts on biodiversity and sustainable development and are difficult to combat without a tool to accurately identify the location of threatened hardwood species.

In response to this critical issue, the University of Antananarivo Department of Ecology and Plant Biology, with funding from the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and support from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, has built Madagascar’s second precious hardwood reference library, or Xylarium.

With quick treatment, the risks of serious illness from malaria decline sharply
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 8:15am

“While we are currently battling the COVID-19 outbreak, we must continue to be vigilant against other threats to our public health and safety. Malaria remains a significant challenge and a risk to the health and well-being of Malagasy people,” stated U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier, as he announced a significant donation from the U.S. Government for the detection and treatment of malaria cases in Madagascar.

The vouchers will meet the food and nutrition needs of over 323,000 people most affected by the economic effects of COVID-19.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 8:00am

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is responding to the COVID-19 situation in Madagascar by providing $5 million to support cash transfers which are ensuring that vulnerable families in the most affected cities have enough to eat.

350,000 people will benefit from life-saving food assistance
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:30am

The U.S. Government is providing 8,330 metric tons (MT) of food assistance to help feed families in south and southeastern Madagascar during the upcoming lean season, which is expected to be severe. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides the funding for this food assistance, which will support the nutritional needs of over 350,000 people, including 20,500 pregnant and lactating women.

Protective equipment is very useful and of great importance. It protects us, but also our families and our colleagues
Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:15am

The donation is thanks to a collaborative effort between the United States Africa Command, which provided the funds to buy the locally-made face coverings, the Madagascar Ministry of Public Health, which identified the areas for the face coverings to be delivered, and USAID Madagascar, whose IMPACT health project operated by PSI Madagascar arranged for the delivery of the protective equipment via the Regional Directorates of Health to the front-line workers.  The donation in Moramanga was also supported by staff from the USAID RANO WASH project

Achieving the Rainforest Alliance Certification requires compliance with numerous standards
Saturday, July 4, 2020 - 3:45am

In celebration of the International Day of Cooperatives, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce that a total of 1,791 vanilla farmers from five cooperatives were awarded the Rainforest Alliance certification.  This achievement was earned through the hard work of the farming cooperatives and with the support of USAID’s Mikajy project.   The Rainforest Alliance provides an internationally recognized and respected certification for food producers that meet demanding sustainability standards.

The SVPN alliance will increase production of high quality, sustainably produced vanilla
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 10:45am

Sustainable Vanilla for People and Nature (SVPN), a three-year, $3 million activity co-financed by USAID and McCormick, is part of USAID’s Conservation and Communities Project (CCP). The SVPN Activity is designed to conserve biodiversity, avoid deforestation, and improve farmers’ livelihoods through sustainable vanilla production in the Sava and Analanjirofo regions of Madagascar. Through its Purpose-Led Performance initiatives, McCormick has committed to sustainably sourcing its herbs and spices, beginning with 100% of its branded iconic ingredients, including vanilla, and to increasing the resilience of 90% of the farmers who grow their iconic raw materials by 2025.

The 1 million new mosquito nets will replace nets that have been damaged and ensure that new households are protected.
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

FOULPOINTE — The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI), is continuing its commitment to keep the Malagasy people safe from malaria. The Ministry of Public Health and USAID/PMI have launched a community distribution of 1 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets. The nets and the distribution campaign are funded by USAID, with a total value of $3.88 million.

USAID Mission Director John Dunlop (right) ceremonially hands over $4.5 million of medical supplies to the Madagascar Minister of Public Health, Prof. Julio Rakotonirina.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 9:15am

TOAMASINA — The United States government has announced a $4.5 million donation of modern medical materials and equipment to help local health workers improve the provision of quality health services in Madagascar.

The $500,000 will be used to buy and distribute locally-made malnutrition supplement
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:30am

Southern Madagascar has entered its lean season - the period between harvests when less food and less food variety are available - and a recent survey forecasts that more people in that region will suffer from malnutrition.