Welthungerhilfe and the Start Network tested its first pilot project in Forecast-based Financing in Madagascar. The objective was to develop a drought model connected to a trigger-based financing mechanism for local early-action interventions. HEA baselines conducted by FEG in three rural livelihood zones in Madagascar provided the vulnerability analyses needed to set-up the model, including information on local coping strategies, and HEA based drought scenario projections provided food gap estimates to inform the early action response programme.