According to the July Madagascar FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission CFSAM, some 3.9 million people in rural areas are food insecure, mostly in the southern regions of Androy, Atsimo Atsinanana and Atsimo Andrefana. These households, and many others, are forecast to remain food insecure until the next main harvest in April 2014. The CFSAM estimated that the 2013 rice crop was 21% below 2012 levels, while 15% and 14% drops took place for maize and cassava respectively, as a result of erratic rains in the north, impacts of cyclone Haruna, and locust attacks. With low levels of stocks from own production, households are mostly relying on market purchases, at high prices. The most common coping strategies included buying cheaper food and reducing portion sizes.
The year-on-year changes of the consumer price index (CPI) were stable at around 6% over the quarter.