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Emergency support to vulnerable populations affected by drought and the effects of El Niño

Emergency support to vulnerable populations affected by drought and the effects of El Niño

Full title of the project:

Emergency support to vulnerable populations affected by drought and the effects of El Niño

Target areas:

Amboasary, Bekily, Taolagnaro provinces

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 950 000
02/08/2016-31/10/2017
Project code:
OSRO/MAG/602/USA
Objective:

Significantly contribute to the reduction of food insecurity and increase the resilience of vulnerable farming households affected by drought and the effects of El Niño in southern Madagascar.

Key partners:

Ministère auprès de la Présidence en charge de l'agriculture et de l'élevage; Direction régionale pour l'agriculture et l'élevage; Agence nationale de contrôle officiel des semences et plants; Ministère des transports et de la météorologie de Madagascar; Centre national de la recherche appliquée au développement rural.

Beneficiaries reached:

18 000 smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented:
  • Equipped 18 000 smallholder farmers with quality seeds and tools inputs for two cropping seasons in three districts.
  • Trained 18 000 smallholder famers, 701 lead farmers and 43 technicians from implementing partners on best agricultural practices, and post-harvest, handling and storage techniques.
  • Installed 1 628 demonstration plots for on-farm training and demonstrations on improved agricultural techniques and the benefits of crop diversification.
  • Supported 72 seed farmers in carrying out the multiplication of bean, groundnut, cowpea and bambara nut on 36.5 ha, in collaboration with the National centre for applied research and rural development and the National agency for seed certification.
  • Trained six staff members from the Regional weather bureau and Regional directorate for agriculture and livestock in producing weather information related to agriculture production.
  • Trained 115 technicians and seed producers in seed multiplication, storage and maintenance.
  • Supported the Food Security Cluster in its coordinating role at the regional level, to ensure availability of reliable and timely information.
  • Established 701 farmer groups for the dissemination of good practices.
Impact:
  • Produced 1 560 tonnes of maize, sorghum and rice, 51 tonnes of bean, dolichos, cowpea and bambara nut, 211 tonnes of tuber and 4 931 tonnes of vegetables in three districts during two cropping seasons.
  • Planted 3 668 ha with diversified food crops.
  • Produced 19 tonnes of seeds, of which 6.5 tonnes of bean, 4 tonnes of groundnut, 5.6 tonnes of cowpea and 2.6 tonnes of bambara nut.
  • Strengthened the capacities of local institutions and development partners, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Meteorology and NGOs.