Response to the locust plague. Three-year Programme 2013–2016

Madagascar is prone to frequent natural disasters that have a significant effect on the livelihoods of the most vulnerable rural populations. Since 2009, the combined effect of droughts and cyclones, as well as political instability, has worsened the living conditions of thousands of households, mainly in the southwestern part of the country where more than 80 percent of the population lives below the poverty line.The information available in February 20132 confirms the seriousness of the locus crisis in the southwestern and western areas of Madagascar.