The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Supporting agricultural development in Madagascar
UNOPS is working with the International Fund for Agricultural Development to promote food security and sustainable agriculture in the southeastern part of the country.
UNOPS is supporting the government of Madagascar with implementing a $5.6 million infrastructure project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The project is part of the government's sustainable agricultural development programme in the Manakara District of southeastern Madagascar's Fitovinany Region.
As part of the project, UNOPS will construct three solar pumping stations that will irrigate 1,200 hectares of rice fields. The rehabilitation of irrigated areas will increase rice yields as well as make it possible to have two rice-growing seasons instead of one.
This project will help increase food security, strengthen climate resilience for farmers, and improve access to domestic and foreign markets for agricultural goods.
''I am proud of this initiative to provide sustainable irrigation using renewable energy," said Joseph Rostand Olinga Biwole, Representative and Country Director of IFAD in Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles.
"With this infrastructure, small-scale food producers will be empowered to take charge of their development,'' he added.
UNOPS will also rehabilitate several kilometres of rural roads using geocells, which are three-dimensional expandable panels made of polymeric material – the first time ever that this technology will be used in Madagascar for rural roads.
The geocells will help strengthen the road structure and prevent erosion, making the roads more resilient to flash floods and other weather-related events and ensuring long-term resilience. The strategically important roads are vital for ensuring the flow of agricultural goods.
Computer supplies and vehicles will also be procured for Madagascar's Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
This project is part of the Inclusive Agricultural Value Chains Development Programme, a 10-year, $136 million programme funded by IFAD. The programme aims to improve income and food security for 320,000 farming households in nine regions in southern Madagascar: Amoron'i Mania, Androy, Anosy, Atsimo Andrefana, Atsimo Atsinanana, Fitovinany, Haute Matsiatra, Ihorombe and Vatovavy.