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Rice production in Madagascar continues to fall

Droughts in Madagascar have led to a 10 percent drop in rice production since last year, according to preliminary findings by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), IRIN reports.

According to the report, rice production has dropped from 4.7 million tons in 2010, to 4.3 million tons this year.

"This decrease is mainly due to delayed rainfall in the country's main rice producing areas, namely the Alaotra [east-central] and the Vakinankaratra [Highlands] regions," David Orr, who works for the WFP told the news source.

This is a huge concern for the government and humanitarian groups as rice is a staple food and an economic need for citizens throughout the country.

The news outlet reports that approximately 70 percent of the country lives on $1 or less a day and 45 percent of a family's income goes towards food.

Lack of rice means an increase in food prices, which could cause larger problems with food security.

Government officials and aid groups are working on plans to alleviate the problem in the country. 
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