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Emergency agricultural support to vulnerable populations in urban and periurban and drought stricken areas in Madagascar

Emergency agricultural support to vulnerable populations in urban and periurban and drought stricken areas in Madagascar

Full title of the project:

Emergency agricultural support to vulnerable populations in urban and periurban areas of Antananarivo, Fionarantsoa and Antsirabe, and in the drought stricken South

Target areas:

Uban and peri-urban areas of Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Fianarantsoa, and Atsimo-Andrefana, Atsimo-Atsinanana, Androy and Anosy regions in the south.

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 885 813
Implementation:
03/08/2009-31/01/2012
Project code:
OSRO/MAG/903/AUS
Objective:

To improve the food security for vulnerable communities in urban and peri-urban areas of Antananarivo, Antsirabe and Fianarantsoa, as well as other vulnerable communities in the south of the country.

Key partners:

The Ministry of Agriculture, the Regional Directorates for Rural Development, five agricultural service centres, and 14 international and local NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

9 893 vulnerable households in the urban and peri-urban areas, and 40 340 direct and indirect beneficiary households across six districts in the south.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed agricultural production kits to 3 500 beneficiary households for the 2009/10 main agricultural season and off-season in urban and peri-urban areas.
  • Distributed 25 680 kg of rice seed; 10 760 kg of dry bean seed; 6 600 kg of soybean seed; 10 760 kg of squash seed; 230 kg of sorghum seed; 4 360 kg of maize seed; and 33 280 sachets of cucumber, petsai, pumpkin, rench bean and pea seeds – in addition to 220 sprayers, 3 200 spades and 22 bottles of insecticide – to 6 393 beneficiary households for the 2010/11 agricultural season in urban and peri-urban areas.
  • Provided beneficiary households with 505 micro-irrigation kits, and trained 71 NGO technicians and lead farmers to help beneficiaries install, use and maintain the kits.
  • Distributed 49 875 kg of sorghum seed; 22 600 kg of cowpea seed; 1 400 kg of lima bean seed; 20 000 kg of groundnut seed; 123 280 cassava cuttings; and 33 548 sachets of horticultural seed for the 2009/10 and 2011/12 agricultural seasons in the south.
  • Produced a documentary to raise awareness on project achievements to various stakeholders.
Impact:
  • Increased access to seeds of improved varieties to seed producers and farmers, enabling them to restore seed stocks.
  • 60 to 80 percent of the food produced in urban and peri-urban areas was used for home consumption, while 10 to 20 percent was for sale and 20 percent for seeds for upcoming agricultural seasons.
  • Maize and bean production during the first phase of project implementation allowed beneficiaries in urban and peri-urban areas to meet household food needs for up to three months.
  • Achieved production values ranging from MGA 400 per kg of petsai to MGA 1 000 per kg of French bean to MGA 2 000 per kg of pumpkin, thereby generating household income.
  • Diversified beneficiary households’ diets through improved vegetable production.
  • Sorghum production in the south increased food availability during the lean season.