FAO Regional Office for Africa

Climate Smart Agriculture in Madagascar

Focus on Vakinankaratra, Vatovavy Fitovinany and Androy regions

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20 January 2016, Madagascar -- Madagascar is currently the 5th worldwide among countries most exposed to risks due to climate change and the first country in Africa exposed. For 30 years since 1980, natural hazards including droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, cyclones and extreme temperatures, caused economic damage of more than $ 1 billion in Madagascar and the agricultural sector is among the hardest hit sectors.

According to projections, these risks are expected to worsen in the future. In response, FAO with funding from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in collaboration with the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has implemented the program entitled "Programme on adaptation and mitigation to climate change in the eastern and southern Africa." The objective of this program is to support the scaling of the adoption of climate-Smart Agriculture techniques to enhance livelihoods and food security of small farmers in the regions of 'Eastern and Southern Africa including Madagascar.

The video was shot in 2015 in three sites representative of differences in climatic conditions to which Madagascar's regions face: Vakinankaratra, Vatovavy Fitovinany and Androy regions. 

The project was implemented in these regions the following activities: improving access to quality seeds of crops tolerant to extreme climatic conditions such as drought, setting up Farmer-Field-School to strengthen capacity of farmers to good practices and new farming techniques and improved post-harvest management, market access and better nutrition, the introduction of small conservation agriculture equipment, integration of livestock and Agroforestry.

Through this video, everyone can appreciate the efforts so that small producers are able to increase productivity, profitability, sustainability and resilience of their operating systems through the adoption of appropriate CSA practices.


Link to the video: https://youtu.be/NqJ0SvlNWPA


Volantiana Raharinaivo

Communications Officer

FAO in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles

Email: [email protected]


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