Madagascar: AfDB Supports Land Ownership for the Poor

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An African Development Bank (AfDB) Group mission has concluded a detailed review of three of its agricultural projects in Madagascar. These are: the Rural Young Entrepreneurs Project, the Lower Mangoky Project and the Locusts Project.

Furthermore, the African Development Bank Group is supporting efforts to secure land tenure for very poor farmers in the Lower Mangoky project financed by the African Development Fund (ADF, the concessional  window of the ADB group) in southern Madagascar – 5,303 land title deeds secured for farmers including women in the Tulear region.

A ceremony for the distribution of Agricultural Merit Prizes was held with the first prize going to the farmer who recorded 11.7 tonnes of rice yield per hectare.

A yield of 11.2 tonnes/ha received the second prize while the third price went to a woman who recorded a harvest of 10 tonnes/ha.

An average yield of 5 tonnes/ha was recorded this season as against 2 tonnes/ha before the supervising ministry became heavily involved in the project.

"The implementation of our portfolio has registered significant progress with the noted involvement of the ministry in charge," said the Director of the Agriculture and Agricultural Development Department of the ADB Group, Birama Sidibe.