ProjectMapping inclusive agribusinesses in Madagascar
Madagascar remains one of the poorest countries in the world, and largely rural. Three out of four households gain part of their income through farming. Most of the 2.4 million farms are small, many only for subsistence. Yet, opportunities for agribusiness abound in the mild tropical island climate. Madagascar exports spices, fruit and other cash crops, and some companies process food such as wheat or dairy for the local market.
GIZ commisioned Endeva, in collaboration with local partner HERi, to review existing inclusive agribusiness models.
The study aimed to identify good practices of inclusive agribusiness models, specifically in Madagascar. The review focused seven contract farming companies, including both export-oriented businesses like lychee or castor beans and business producing high-value products like milk or wheat for the national market. The objective of the study is to inspire other agribusiness companies in Madagascar and beyond to adopt inclusive practices.
A study including the seven case studies and cross-cutting findings was developed in French and English and is currently being published. The research found that by organizing and training farmers, pre-financing inputs and paying upon delivery, and by ensuring quality, the studied companies have been able to quickly expand their production at guaranteed prices, quality and quantity. Findings were shared in a workshop with companies in Antananarivo in January 2015.