Starting this year, SOCODEVI will contribute to reducing poverty amongst farming families in the highland regions of Madagascar. This new initiative, a first in this country for our organization, is part of a program to provide support to the rural sector set up by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture and financed by the World Bank.
In a country where the poverty rate is particularly high in the countryside, SOCODEVI’s work will target farmers who work in value chains such as milk, cereals, fruits and vegetables. Our technical and organizational assistance will focus on the marketplace in order to efficiently adapt production to national and international demand.
“Our objective is to make small family farms more competitive and increase their income, and this is the core of our approach to improving people’s lives. We will work directly with families, especially with women farmers, to improve their production but also so they can rely on effective and inclusive organizations to market the products from their farms,” says Alain Plouffe, manager of international programs at SOCODEVI.
This new project will be carried out with the collaboration of three partner organizations: the Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), the local NGO Soa Afafy Hampahomby ny Ho Avy (SAHA) and the Centre for Applied Rural Development and Research(FIFAMANOR).