A New Project to Improve Food Security in Madagascar
The populations in southern Madagascar live mainly from farming and stock rearing, and face recurrent food insecurity and malnutrition problems due to weather hazards. The SOA project continues on from many agricultural projects conducted by GRET in the Androy region (Objectif Sud, FASARA, and then PSASA); it is carried by the FAO and implemented by GRET and aims to secure agricultural production to lessen the impact of food crises and shorten pre-harvest periods. In 25 communes in the Androy and Anosy regions, the aim is notably to foster farmers’ supply in quality seeds suited to agroecological conditions, build the capacities of seed actors involved in seed production and sales, and disseminate technical itineraries unique to the weather constraints that preserve natural resources. GRET is supporting the Agnarafaly seed production center in the Androy region. The project will benefit 100,000 vulnerable farming households in the Androy and Anosy regions.