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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 of Beloha and Tsihombe in southern Madagascar
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.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Organisme Diocésain de Développement Rural (ODDER) and Land O’Lakes.
More than 1 380 farmers who participated in farmer field schools (FFS), 23 FFS facilitators and 4 000 drought-affected households.
- 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.
- 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.