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TALAKY: Ecosystems preservation and improvement of the living conditions of populations living near the Beampingaratsy forest massif

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The Beampingaratsy forest corridor in the Anôsy region in the south-east of Madagascar is subject to heavy deforestation which contributes to climate change. Inappropriate agricultural practices on deforestation fronts lead to rapid soil degradation and impact the ability of populations to live decently on their land.

Implemented by the NGOs Nitidæ and Agrisud International, the project aims to combine forest conservation, agricultural development and diversification and the strengthening of the management capacities of local territorial communities to allow the preservation of natural ecosystems and the restoration of soil fertility and the emergence of sustainable development visions.

As part of this project, Agrisud intervenes to support the development of sustainable alternatives to shifting agricultural systems and the exploitation of forest resources capable of meeting the needs of the populations. The actions relate to three complementary levels:

  • Support for local communities in the development and enhancement of watersheds.
  • Support for farmers in agro-ecological intensification and agricultural diversification.
  • Support for the emergence of a local and adapted agricultural service offer.

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Project to Improve Agricultural Productivity in Madagascar (PAPAM) – Vakinankaratra

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This project, led by the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP) and co-financed by AFD, aims to promote a common vision of agroecology at the regional level by building the capacities of stakeholders local, and in particular for the Regional Directorates of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DRAEP).

Based on a regional agroecological diagnosis carried out beforehand, the project works with groups of producers to set up demonstration sites on sustainable agricultural practices and land development. Proximity Service Providers (PSP) are strengthened in their capacities to transmit their skills and provide local services.

Strong coordination is planned with the Regional Agricultural Development Funds (FDAR) in order to disseminate the achievements of the project on a larger scale: better access to agricultural services for producers, strengthening of the resilience and economic and technical performance of farms. , improvement of productivity thanks to the development of watershed and irrigated perimeter approaches.

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Project to Improve Agricultural Productivity in Madagascar (PAPAM) – Vatovavy-Fitonvinany & Atsimo-Atsinanana

PAPAM Sud-Est

This project, led by the Malagasy Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP) and co-financed by AFD, aims to promote a common vision of agroecology at the regional level by building the capacities of stakeholders local, and in particular for the Regional Directorates of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (DRAEP).

Based on a regional agroecological diagnosis carried out beforehand, the project works with groups of producers to set up demonstration sites on sustainable agricultural practices and land development. Proximity Service Providers (PSP) are strengthened in their capacities to transmit their skills and provide local services.

Strong coordination is planned with the Regional Agricultural Development Funds (FDAR) in order to disseminate the achievements of the project on a larger scale: better access to agricultural services for producers, strengthening of the resilience and economic and technical performance of farms. , improvement of productivity thanks to the development of watershed and irrigated perimeter approaches.

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

Mahavotra 3 : foresterie, agroforesterie et aménagement du territoire, région Itasy, Madagascar

Context

The Itasy region where the project operates is marked by its agricultural vocation and the proximity of the capital, which allows producers to benefit from numerous outlets. Despite everything, this sector is faced with several problems, including: high volatility in the prices of market garden products linked to production systems centered on rice cultivation; unstable business relationships due to opportunistic and individualistic behavior; and a vulnerability of the natural environment which manifests itself in particular by significant erosion phenomena and therefore a loss of cultivable land.

It is in this context that since 2008 Agrisud International has been supporting the Itasy Region in identifying and implementing solutions to these problems. A collaboration which is part of the Aquitaine-Itasy decentralized cooperation, mobilizing co-financing from AFD and which led to the completion of a 1st phase of the Mahavotra project from 2011 to 2015 then a 2nd phase from 2015 to 2019 continues today with this 3rd phase (2019-2020), integrated into the AGRITER program.

Project's goals

The project aims to develop agriculture through a global restoration of the agro-ecological environment, made possible through the mobilization and strengthening of a local network of service providers and the development of developed land. It also acts to improve the added value of agricultural production by supporting the CRFPA's incubator of agro-processing companies. It incorporates a strengthening of local authorities in their planning and territorial management capacities, so that they can guide regional development actors, in particular by relaying actions to leverage the service system reinforced by the project.

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Agricultural and rural training in Itasy

Formation agricole et rurale en ItasyMore than ever, agriculture is at the heart of the development challenges of Itasy, due to climatic and demographic risks, the weight of political uncertainty on the socio-economic context, and the difficulty of institutions facing the problems food security, education and professional integration.

Since 2012, actions in the field of Agricultural and Rural Training (FAR) have been deployed within the framework of national public policies. It is therefore now a question of supporting their implementation at the level of the Itasy Region, both within institutions and training establishments.

To do so, Agrisud, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, the Itasy Region and their partners act at several levels: training, institutional support and capacity building among others.

The project is structured around three axes and meets the following specific objectives:

  • strengthening the institutional base and the partnership mechanism for Agricultural and Rural Training (FAR);
  • establishment of the Regional Center for Professional Agricultural Training (CRFPA) in the territory as a pilot tool for the development of sustainable agriculture;
  • support for the integration of agricultural and rural training into public education in the Itasy Region.

By its multi-stakeholder dimension and its location in a region with a high stake in rural development, this project aims to be a source of inspiration for Malagasy national policies.

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Supporting economical, nutritional and food resilience of vulnerable rural families – ARENA Itasy Region

Appui à la Résilience Économique, Nutritionnelle et Alimentaire des familles rurales vulnérables - ARENA Région ItasyIn the Itasy region, measures to fight the spread of Covid-19 pandemic caused major disruptions to the running of farms and agricultural chains, which increased the food insecurity in specific areas and affected the income of rural households.

To face this situation, the ARENA project aims to sustainably reinforce the economical, nutritional and food resilience of the most vulnerable families who suffer malnutrition. It hinges on 3 actions:

  • the short-term revival of production capacities of the families impacted by the crisis due to Covid-19
  • the reinforcement of skills to allow these families to sustainably produce a healthy and diversified nutrition
  • the support of families to design collective strategies to reduce malnutrition and increase their resilience to crisis

 

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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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Fruit farming professionalization (phase 6) and securing access to water – Asni

Madeleine Caillard

Madeleine Caillard

In Asni’s farming valley (50km from Marrakech), the weather is quite good to fruit growing. However, there are two constraints: not enough information or training on orchard management and bad valuation of products on the market. As the farmers’ incomes are decreasing they often have to migrate or have another activity. Agrisud is leading this project with its Moroccan partner, the Norsys Foundation and support from the Club Med. The goal is to professionalize the farmers and their grouping.

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Livestock rearing good proctice guide for southern Morocco

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