With assistance from the ALDAMA Foundation, the Andrew Lees Trust (ALT UK) has been working to develop its new strategy, which focuses support to communities and southern NGOs directly with funding and capacity building.
In light of serious food insecurity for populations in Southern Madagascar following a severe drought in 2016, The Trust has committed to using Aldama Foundation funds to support its local Malagasy NGO partner, Andry Lalana Tohana (ALT MG), in delivering vital emergency relief for famine affected communities in the Androy region.
The funds will assist ALT Mg to deliver cash transfers to drought-hit communities where families are facing severe food shortages.
Cash transfers enable families to purchase food and other essentials. This support is in keeping with ALT’s current mission and will specifically fulfil the following objectives:
- support a vital famine relief effort for drought affected families in Androy.
- support ALT MG’s capacity for delivering humanitarian aid in drought areas.
- maintain ALT MG’s standing as a key local NGO specialising in food security in the south of Madagascar
- increase capacity of ALT MG to master cash transfer processes*.
The funds for cash transfers have been accorded under a World Bank/FID programme. However the grant does not cover any of the local NGO’s running /core costs while it delivers the relief programme.
The Aldama Foundation funds will therefore be used to support ALT MG’s core running costs and enable it to operate while it delivers relief to affected communities. In this, Aldama funds will act as co-finance to the relief effort.
The Severe Drought in South of Madagascar
This emergency programme responds to an urgent and vital need. The impacts of four years of severe drought was deepened in 2016 by the el Niño effect and the UN reports:
“1.4 million people are estimated to be food insecure in 2016/17 in Madagascar’s three southern regions of Androy, Anosy and Atsimo-Andrefana. Of these, around nearly 850,000 are acutely food insecure, meaning they are not able to meet their food needs and require urgent humanitarian assistance”.
Lack of rainfall in the Androy region has resulted in an 80 percent decline in maize production last year compared with the already reduced levels of 2015. It has also affected production of cassava, another staple food in both Androy and another southern region, Atsimo-Andrefana, where cassava production dropped by approximately half. The regions of Atsimo-Andrefana, Boeny, Melaky, Betsiboka and Ihorombe have experienced a significant decline in rice production of between 25 and 60 percent. As a result of the drought, the government has declared a state of famine in the south.
Prone to annual drought and food shortages, the deep south remains one of the most fragile areas of the island with more than 82% of the population living below the poverty line and facing an annual three month hunger gap. Climate change is aggravating soil erosion and deforestation and contributes to the food security challenges in the deep south and to income at household level, also to water supplies. Faced with extreme drought, the populations of the deep south are hard pressed to stabilise their livelihoods, nutrition and human capital and rebuild their assets
Andry Lalana Tohana (ALT MG) – an Agency for Cash Transfers
The ALT MG team has considerable experience working on food security programmes and in the affected communities. Consequently it has positioned itself to act as an approved agent – ‘Agence d’Enregistrement et d’Encadrement’ (AGEE) – to deliver a cash transfer programme, to assist over 8000 people, approximately 1400 families in severe crisis between 2017- 2019.
The project meets Sustainable Development Goals and provides:
(a) monetary transfer for human development program; (b) the implementation of a social protection programme (c) activities in disaster response.
14 sites within three communes, including: Bevitiky, Manakompy, Tanambao Tsirandrany, in the district of Bekily in the Androy region.
Mothers who regularly bring their malnourished children to the Nutrition Centre: Total 1403 mothers of families = 1403 x 6 (average household size) = 8, 418 people will benefit.
Activities of ALT MG
ALT will ensure the implementation of the following activities:
- Registration of eligible households (identified by National Office of Nutrition);
- Ensure support of beneficiaries throughout the programme;
- Ensure the training, support and the framing of the Committees of Social Protection (CPS), and Mother Leaders (ML);
- Ensure technical follow-up of generating revenue (AGR) of beneficiary households;
- Perform monetary transfers to beneficiaries in 14 target sites.
ALT UK has drawn up a partnership agreement with ALT MG for the transferal of the Aldama funds. ALT UK will provide ongoing mentoring and technical support as required, as well as translation and assistance with report writing to the UK donor.
*As Cash Transfers become increasingly a mechanism for emergency humanitarian aid, developing the skills and experience in this sector will position ALT Mg to be a local leader in the south for future interventions; this programme therefore represents important capacity building for the ALT MG team.