ANTANANARIVO, July 14 (Xinhua) -- Up to 200,000 people in southern Madagascar will be involved in a food production initiative by the World Food Program (WFP), a source from this organization in Antananarivo told Xinhua on Thursday.
The initiative which will cost 2.8 billion ariary (1.4 million U.S. dollars) will be funded by the WFP in collaboration with the French government.
The initiative will cover the construction and rehabilitation of community facilities including rural roads, water sources and farming activities.
The program dubbed "work for food" will enable participants to get food supplies after working.
The program will begin in October and end in the first half of next year.
Statistics from the UNDP have shown that almost 50 percent of Madagascar's 21 million people are affected by starvation.
According to the WFP, about 68 percent of households in the south of this Indian Ocean island are suffering food shortages, as opposed to 35 percent at the national level.
The southern region is also experiencing severe malnutrition cases.