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Support for young farmers

Objectives:
The project aimed to help young famers to set up their own activity at the end of their training at agricultural college, while improving the management of new farms, as well as agricultural and technical practices. The association was to work closely with FIFATA, one of the five national farmers’ associations, which represents small-scale family farms, in order to facilitate the integration of new farmers and improved farming techniques. The project included professional counselling in agriculture for 283 youths, endowments to support the initial activities of 243 youths and the organisation of exchanges between the young farmers to share experiences and provide mutual support.

 

Results:
By the end of the project, a total of 347 youths had received support from an agricultural counsellor and 262 youths had received endowments to set-up an agricultural activity. 180 youths were managing their farms autonomously and 173 youths were implementing innovative or diversification activities on their parent’s farms. In total, 1,200 graduates from agricultural college (400/year) took part in exchanges during which they shared experiences. Four agricultural counsellors received pre-service training on their roles as counsellors, two of whom benefited from additional in-service training throughout the duration of the project. Since the implementation of the one-on-one counselling, the percentage of youths working in the agricultural sector and practicing an agricultural activity after leaving agricultural college has increased from 60% in 2007 to 95% in 2015. The training and support improved agricultural practices and farm management, which led to better living conditions for these young farmers and their families.

 

The NGO:
The French association FERT was launched in 1981 by agricultural professionals and people concerned with agro-food challenges in developing countries. It aims to enable farmers to ensure food security in their countries. FERT has been working in Madagascar since 1986. FIFATA was created in 1989 as a non-profit organisation. It is an umbrella organisation, federating agricultural professionals.


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347
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Duration
July 2012 - December 2015

Location
Befandriana, Bezezika, Ambalavao, Ambondromisotra

With whom
FERT

Website
http://www.fert.fr/en

News

26 July 2016
Projects completed in Madagascar, Mali and Zambia

Three organisations presented in June 2016 the final reports of their projects funded by the Addax and Oryx Foundation.

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