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Strengthening food security and livelihoods for vulnerable populations in the drought-affected communities in Madagascar

Strengthening food security and livelihoods for vulnerable populations in the drought-affected communities in Madagascar

Full title of the project:

Strengthening food security and livelihoods for vulnerable populations in the drought-affected communities of Beloha and Tsihombe in southern Madagascar

Target areas:

Southern Madagascar

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 177 502
Implementation:
07/08/2009-30/11/2010
Project code:
OSRO/MAG/904/USA
Objective:

To strengthen the resilience of 1 800 vulnerable households (9 000 people) affected by the impact of drought and chronic food insecurity in the communes of Beloha and Tsihombe in Androy region, southern Madagascar.

Key partners:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Organisme Diocésain de Développement Rural (ODDER) and Land O’Lakes.

Beneficiaries reached:

More than 1 380 farmers who participated in farmer field schools (FFS), 23 FFS facilitators and 4 000 drought-affected households.

Activities implemented:
  • 57 FFS groups formed, with an average of 20 households per group.
  • Each group selected activities on which to focus (vegetable gardening, goat rearing, chicken production, sweet potato production, etc.).
  • Each group received inputs for their activities, e.g. veterinary vaccines and equipment, and vegetable and crop seeds, as well as intensive training.
  • 23 FFS facilitators trained in group mobilization, note-taking, basic animal health and production techniques, crop production and plant protection, etc.
  • Training manual for FFS facilitators developed by CRS and Land O’Lakes in the local language.
  • 20 tonnes of cowpea seeds provided to 4 000 drought-affected households.
Impact:
  • Over 1 380 farmers joined FFS groups and learned to improve their productivity.
  • 1 850 goats and 2 000 chickens vaccinated and treated with vitamin supplements.
  • 440 households planted 352 ha of vegetables.
  • Participating farmers increased their crop yields and prevented animals diseases from decimating their herds.
  • Built capacity of partners to expand the FFS approach in southern Madagascar.