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Information Sheet of Rice Related Project/Program in CARD First Group Countries
1. Country Madagascar
2. Title (Full name) Seed Voucher and Fairs Project to Face Global Food Crisis
3. Project Location Atsinanana, Vakinankaratra, Vatovavy Fitovinany Regions
4. Type of project 1
1. Grant, 2. Loan, 3. Technical Coop./Assistance, 4. National budget, 5. Private sector
5. Fields covered (multiple selection) 8 9
1. Policy, 2. R & D, 3. Extension & Training, 4. Production, 5. Marketing
6. Post-harvest, 7. Irrigation, 8. Credit, 9. Seed, 10. Other ( specify below )
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6. Fund source
(Funding agency)
CRS Private Fund
7. Cost Total: 133,304 USD
8. Project duration Start: 2008
(dd/mm/yy) End: 2009
9. Goal and objectives Goal: To improve food security of 4,200 households in the regions of Vakinakaratra, Vatovavy Fitovinany, and Atsinanana to mitigate the impact of the global food crisis.
Obj.: the production in the three regions of intervention is increased for beneficiary households.
10. Target beneficiaries Direct:
Secondary:
11. Project component (activities) 1. Make a thorough assessment of the local seed supply system.
2. Identify the final beneficiaries.
3. Organize and implement seed voucher and fairs.
4. Conduct the needed technical support and monitor the progress of project activities.
12. Expected results (outputs) 1. 4200 households benefited from this project, the seeds distributed being rice, bean, maize, various beans and other pulses. In average, 2/5 of the vouchers were used by farmers to purchase rice seeds.
2. At this time, the project could not yet assess the impact of the project but the most recent field visit showed good growing for crops that were planted.
13. Inputs 1. 4,200 vouchers to allow farmers purchase needed seeds
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14. Implementing agency Leading: ODDIT Toamasina, Caritas Antsirabe, BDEM Mananjary
Cooperate:
15. Status of the project 4 1?Pipeline, 2. Approved, 3. On-going, 4. Completed
16. Issues/problems The particularity of the Seed Fairs approach is that the project is relying on local seed system and on locally available seeds. The main idea is that usually seeds exist in the community but some farmers can not afford to access them for different reasons (price, quantity, and social situation). Through the seed fairs approach, the project seeks to allow people who have seeds to come and sell their seeds at a convenient price while poor farmers – who are the project beneficiaries-, can come and purchase whatever they need. Diversity of type and varieties are among the key elements for the Seed Fair approach. This way, poor farmers can not only get seeds but they can have their own choice on which type, which variety, which quantity. In some places, available seeds did not meet the beneficiaries needs (quantity, variety, diversity).
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