In addition to its unpredictable weather, Madagascar is renowned for its flora and animals. While there is a drought in the south, cyclonic showers affect the country’s northern and central regions. More than 2.2 million people in the southern areas, according to the World Food Program, experience food insecurity, which contributes to high rates of chronic malnutrition among children under the age of five.
WFP and the government have started the so-called Rapid Rural Transformation Initiative in two southern regions, Androy and Anosy, to ease this situation. In these areas, hot, dry weather and abundant sunlight are typical.
That makes them excellent for setting up solar-powered hubs, a sustainable water source, and information and communication technology, claimed WFP spokesman Tomson Phiri. According to him, the initiative will give populations in rural places access to essential amenities, including energy, water, and digital platforms.
The solar-powered hubs enable different partners to establish integrated community services, such as training facilities for women and children. Phiri claimed to have witnessed the unification of communities through technology as the project enables residents of isolated communities to stand on their own two feet without needing assistance from the international world.