Sustainable agri-food systems Agricultural value chain development
While agriculture is an important sector of Madagascar's economy, there is a lack of economically significant value chains. Most farmers are smallholders. Fields are fragmented and often difficult to access. Farming, livestock and processing techniques are mostly traditional, and farmers and processing enterprises are usually not organised in associations. Adaptation to climate change is a huge challenge for local communities.
The GIZ project "Adaptation of agricultural value chains to climate change (External link)" is contributing to food security, especially in southern Madagascar. Support is provided in three regions to the production, processing and marketing of peanuts, millet, honey, ginger, fish, castor oil, goats and sheep, onions, coffee, cloves, pepper and vanilla. Farmers are given better access to market and weather information, climate-adapted seeds and modern production techniques. The introduction of climate risk insurance enables them to get protection against income loss caused by extreme weather events.
The BMZ also supports food security in Madagascar through its One World – No Hunger initiative, for example through efforts against soil erosion and for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and through numerous public-private partnerships, especially in the field of sustainable agriculture.