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Drought response and recovery: emergency food security assistance for the most vulnerable population in south Madagascar

Drought response and recovery: emergency food security assistance for the most vulnerable population in south Madagascar

Full title of the project:

Drought response and recovery: emergency food security assistance for the most vulnerable population in south Madagascar through drought-tolerant seed production

Target areas:

Southern Madagascar

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 300 000
Implementation:
08/04/2010-31/03/2011
Project code:
OSRO/MAG/001/USA
Objective:

To improve the food security of vulnerable households in the agricultural regions of southern Madagascar, and more specifically to enable them to promptly recover and improve their food security.

Key partners:

Two NGOs: Andry-Lalana-Tohana (ALT) and Secours Islamique de France (SIF).

Beneficiaries reached:

62 farmers (seed production); 4 540 farmers (from seeds produced); and 80 farmers, animators and NGO technicians (training).

Activities implemented:
  • 200 kg of basic IRAT 204 variety sorghum seeds distributed to Seed Multiplying Farmers (SMFs).
  • In partnership with ALT, 32 small plots (totalling 31.55 ha) identified for multiplication.
  • In partnership with SIF, a 5 ha plot cultivated by a farmers’ association was identified.
  • 35 SMFs, 13 animators, 2 ALT technicians and 30 farmers’ association members trained in sorghum seed production (including field preparation, fertilization, farming techniques, sorghum pests and diseases, harvesting, storage and packaging).
  • Training activities and distribution of seeds to vulnerable families planned within the Food Security and Livelihoods Subcluster.
  • Regular information on food security situation shared through the Subcluster.
Impact:
  • Production per producer under the partnership with ALT ranged from 40 to 1 800 kg of sorghum seeds and the yield from 600 kg/ha to 900 kg/ha.
  • Under the partnership with SIF, only 1.6 ha could be cultivated, producing 962 kg of sorghum seeds (average yield of 600 kg/ha).
  • Total of 14 200 kg of seeds repurchased from ALT SMFs and SIF small farmers’ association.
  • 13.2 tonnes of the sorghum seeds were directly distributed to 8 500 farming households in the regions of Androy and Anosy for the 2011/12 main season.