Destructive Storms, Dormant Policies:The Impact of Cyclones on Food Security in Madagascar

"The island nation of Madagascar is hit by an average of 3 to 4 cyclones per year — among the highest rates in Africa. These violent storms compromise the country’s already-tenuous levels of food security and economic growth. The country’s 2009 political crisis has stalled the implementation of policies designed to mitigate the impact of cyclones and other natural disasters. Until the country’s political situation is resolved, foreign aid cuts and economic sanctions are likely to remain in place, hindering the government’s ability to fund relief and adaptation efforts. This backgrounder looks at how cyclones have impacted food security in Madagascar — where up to 83 percent of the island’s residents suffer from nutritional vulnerability. It will also examine government policies working to mitigate the impact of tropical storms on the country’s food security."