Madagascar is on the brink of experiencing the world’s first “climate change famine”, according to the UN.
The drought – the worst in four decades – has devastated isolated farming communities in the south of the country, leaving families to scavenge for insects to survive.
“I clean the insects as best I can but there’s almost no water,” said Tamaria, a mother of four, who has been feeding her family in the remote village of Fandiova with locusts.
“My children and I have been eating this every day now for eight months because we have nothing else to eat and no rain to allow us to harvest what we have sown,” she added.
The drought’s impact is also being felt in larger towns, with many children forced to beg on the streets for food.
“These are famine-like conditions and they’re being driven by climate, not conflict,” said the UN World Food Programme’s Shelley Thakral.
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