The country is currently suffering its worst drought in 40 years, after four consecutive years of insufficient rainfall and sandstorms.
This has isolated farming communities, especially in the south of the island, which has consequently produced less than half of its usual harvest, leaving people struggling to find enough food to survive.
Roughly 28,000 people are currently experiencing extreme hunger, while at least 1.14 million people in the Grand Sud are suffering from acute food security, according to the United Nations’ World Food Programme. The latter figure is likely to hit 1.31 million by the end of the year.
Cases of malnutrition in children under 5 have nearly doubled in just four months, according to the UN.