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Management of Zambazamba’s watershed’s integrated water resources
In Madagascar, even if the Water Code stipulates that clean drinking water is a priority compared to agricultural water, it is however the opposite that happens to ensure rice production and food security.
Because of these tensions over the use of water, the project aims to reduce the impact of farming, forestry and pastoral activities on the water resource in the Nasandratrony commune, specifically in Zambazamba’s watershed.
It will be the source of drinking water for the district’s main town.
Expected results:50 VSB (Very Small Businesses) - A protected watershed; more water upstream and an economic use of water resources downstream through the spread of an intensive and improved rice system concerning 50 farmers. Measurement of the impact of agricultural practices on water. Budget :€42,000 over 2014-2016. Funding :The French Water Agency of Rhône-Méditerrannée-Corse, Madagascar’s French Embassy and The Grand Lyon Project management :Etc Terra (leader) and Agrisud. Partnerships :Grand Lyon, Haute Matsiatra Region
Holistic conservation program (PHCF – Phase II) — Comatsa and Beampingaratsy areas
Madagascar has a great biodiversity but its natural capital is threatened by deforestation, about 0,53% per year. 50,000 hectares of its natural forest disappears every year.
The aim of the Holistic conservation program (or PHCF in French) is to reduce the rhythm of deforestation.
For this purpose it uses two strategies: on one hand, it raises the awareness of local populations on the decentralized management of environment and on the other hand, it promotes activities and alternative techniques rather than slash-and-burn farming and collecting forest resources.
Expected results:1.350 VSB (Very Small Businesses) - Support for populations neighboring two REDD+ projects (Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation of Forests) to develop alternative activities and practices to slash- and-burn farming Budget :€1,230,000 over 2014-2018 Funding :The French Agency for Development (AFD) – FFEM and Air France Project management :Etc Terra (contracting authority and leader) and Agrisud. Partnerships :WWF, Antananarivo University.
Peri-urban farming supply chain professionalization in Northern Antananarivo (PROFAPAN)
This project falls in line with previous projects, which have been led by Agrisud since 2008 in Antananarivo’s suburbs. They highlighted the importance of periurban agriculture, supplying food for Antananarivo and creating jobs and income. They identified a great potential for the development of systems, assets but also technical, economic, structural and environmental constraints specific to this sector.
On the other hand, the Malagasy Intercooperation Association (AIM) collaborated with the economic actors of the Analamanga Region, as part of the establishment of Agricultural Service Centers (2008-2010), and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Development (2011-2013). The two organizations share their knowledge, skills and know-how in order to develop and implement the project.
Overall goals: to sustainably contribute to the fight against poverty in the city’s suburbs and to protect the environment.
Specific goals: to sustainably improve the periurban producers’ and traders’ income as well as the people's access to a regular supply (in quantity, quality and diversity) in fresh produces, fruits and farm chickens, sold on the local markets.
Three complementary lines of action will improve the supply of the city’s markets, in a chain-based approach:
- Professionalization of the production through the dissemination of agroecological systems and practices to ensure an improvement in production:
- in quantity (increasing productivity and ecological intensification systems)
- in quality (improving the products’ life span, reducing the pesticide residues, organoleptic quality)
- in diversity (diversification within highly specialized production areas)
- in regularity (seasonal adjustment of production by the use of varieties and appropriate methods: varieties adapted to photoperiod, tolerant/resistant, protected crops ...)
- Professionalization of marketing:
- by supporting the local project management in regard to infrastructure and / or organizing peripheral markets (Talatamaty, Anosizato, Sabotsy-Namehana...),
- by professionalizing pro-active collectors on short supply chains. The most favored supply chains will ensure the maintenance of the periurban production: freshness, traceability, reduction of losses (less handling, improved packaging and transport conditions)
- Building and developing a range of services supported by Producers’ Organizations (PO): the challenge is to facilitate the producer’s access to agricultural services and markets.
The action builds the capacity of PO in order to meet these expectations:
- producers’ needs diagnosis in connection with the production and marketing systems
- building capacity and structuration of farmers and producers groups
- PO professionalization (Consolidating their operation, governing and strengthening their technical capacity to provide quality services and meet the producers’ expectations).
Learn more about the Agroforestry Support Program around Antananarivo (ASA) : (French video)
Expected results:5,000 periurban producers around Antananarivo Budget :€1,740,000 over 2015-2019 Funding :European Union, Ecological center Albert Schweitzer (CEAS), municipalities benefiting from the project Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :AIM (Association Intercoopérations Madagascar), CIRAD, MPE
Mahavotra II: Forestry, Agroforestry and Land-Use Planning – Itasy Region
Located on the high plateaus near the capital Antananarivo, the Itasy region is characterized by heavily degraded agricultural areas, with frequent erosion and constantly shrinking forests.
The economic and social consequences are important for a population which tends to abandon these rural spaces to migrate to urban centers.
In this context, the Mahavotra program aims to professionalize agriculture and ecological transition as a lever for sustainable development in the Region.
It is part of a decentralized cooperation framework between the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region and the Itasy Region, focusing on several axes:
- territory-to-territory cooperation
- agricultural vocational training
- development and enhancement of agricultural areas
- reduction of the environmental footprint
More than 6,000 small family farms are supported in the ecological transition, the evolution towards agro-ecological practices allowing them to adapt to the constraints of the environment. The “Regional Center for Agricultural Training” and the networks of “Master-farmers” contribute to the spread of these good practices in the municipalities of the territory. The Itasy Region is strengthened in its capacity to manage and plan its territorial development; it can measure the effects on the natural environment.
After 10 years, this program has real effects on food security, employment and the improvement of living conditions of the populations, as well as on the preservation and resilience of the territories, leading to a stabilization of the populations. It contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Expected results:2 000 families, 300 Master-operators, 20 VSEs out of 15 communes Budget :K€ 1,190 over 2016-2019 Funding :AFD, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, CEAS, IFAID, BNPP Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :AMADESE, CEAS, Etc Terra, IFAID, Ilofosana, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region
Professionalzing family agriculture ine the oases of Zagora, Tinghir and Ouarzazate
Expected results:120 agricultural VSEs supported, organisation of the sector and access to tourism facilities, notably the Accor hotels. Budget :€59K over 2010-2012. Funding :Accor, MC² Partenaire/In Extenso, Fondation Naturex. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :Cœur de Palmier, ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate, AMAID.
Improving services to olive oil producers in Ouled Massaoud – Touiza project
Expected results:El Mohamadia oil cooperative supported within a Social Economy and Solidarity framework. Budget :€19K over 2011-2012. Funding :CFSI - Comité Français pour la Solidarité Internationale, AGRISUD. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :El Mohamadia Oil Cooperative, Coeur de Palmier, AMAID, ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate.
Livestock rearing good proctice guide for southern Morocco
Expected results:translation into Arabic and circulation of the guide. Budget :€15K. Funding :application made to the Crédit Agricole Marocain. Project management :AGRISUD. Partnerships :ORMVAO - Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate.
Tamount Project in Southern Morocco: Professional organization for sustainable farming
The oasis area has been victim of climatic upheaval therefore the goal of this project is to support the professional organization of sustainable family farming in Southern Morocco (Ouarzazate, Zagora and Tinghir).
More specifically, it should reinforce the capacity of 135 family farms to implement their activities and help 7 professional groups to secure and develop agricultural activities (support services and integrate industries).
Expected results:Support 135 farms in 11 villages, create/reinforce 7 cooperative groups and energize short courses enhancing products Budget :€60,600 between 2013 and 2014 Funding :Aquitaine’s Regional Council and another yet to enlist Project management :Agrisud Partnerships :ORMVAO – Office Régional de Mise en Valeur Agricole de Ouarzazate (Regional office for Ouarzazate’s farming enhancement), Association Cœur de palmier (The Heart of palm Organization), AMAID
Entrepreneurial INitiatives program of agricultural Services – Ghassate city, Ouarzazate
Agriculture in Ghassate consists of small family farms facing environmental problems (drought, floods, ...) and socio-economic problems (limited land, lack of labor, distance from markets).
Agrisud and its partners have undertaken several actions in this region so that populations improve the performance of their agricultural activities and thus generate more income.
This project aims to promote entrepreneurship of rural youth through the creation of economic activities serving family farms in this area (fruit-tree pruning, buying and reselling of products, etc.).
Expected results:10 VSE (Very Small Entreprises) of farming services Budget :€65,000 over 2015-2017 Funding :MASEN, Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region Project management :Agrisud International Partnerships :Norsys Foundation, ORMVAO (Regional office of agricultural development of Ouarzazate)
Strengthening ecologically and economically the activities of Tanafou Yhazi — M’Tsahara
The Mahoran agriculture suffers from disparities: only a handful of large modern exploitations have access to European aids whereas a large majority of family farms are only surviving. The project is to professionalize an association of women producers through internal governance, agroecological production and agroforestry but also by improving the value-added processing and the marketing.
Expected results:60 VSB (Very Small Businesses) - A strengthened Tanafou Yahazi association, 10 women producers modify their production system and organize a transfer of knowledge and skills to 50 other members of the association. Set up of a processing plant. Budget :€153,000 over 2014-2018 Funding :CASDAR (call for projects for collective mobilization for agroecology), Ministry of Agriculture and Food Project management :Chamber of Agriculture, Fisheries and Crafts of Mayotte with Agrisud support. Partnerships :AFICAM, CAPAM (Framework for Support and Promotion of Mining Crafts), Chamber of Agriculture