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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.

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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.

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Peri-urban farming supply chain professionalization in Northern Antananarivo (PROFAPAN)

Pepienere madaThis 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 professionnalisation de la commercialisation de produits agro-écologiques à Antananarivo, Madagascarshare 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)


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Mahavotra II: Forestry, Agroforestry and Land-Use Planning – Itasy Region

Mahavotra 2 : foresterie, agroforesterie et aménagement du territoire en Région Itasy

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.

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Professionalzing family agriculture ine the oases of Zagora, Tinghir and Ouarzazate

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Improving services to olive oil producers in Ouled Massaoud – Touiza project

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Livestock rearing good proctice guide for southern Morocco

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Tamount Project in Southern Morocco: Professional organization for sustainable farming

119-MAROCThe 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).

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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.).Maroc-web2

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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.

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