Rainfed upland rice, Madagascar

Case study Identity Card

Long title: Participatory assessment of the impact on livelihood of new cold tolerant upland rice varieties in Madagascar highlands
Impact assessment: ex post
Geographical coverage of the case: highlands of Vakinankaratra region (altitude above 1300 m), Madagascar
Research department: Persyst
Research unit: Aïda
Case study team: Louis Marie Raboin (CIRAD, Aïda), Alain Ramanantsoanirina (Fofifa), Marie Hélène Dabat (CIRAD, Art-dev), Paloma Breumier (Istom, Intern)
Years covered: 1984-2015

Case study description

The innovation under study

The innovation analyzed in this study is “the cultivation of new rainfed upland rice varieties adapted to the cold conditions of the Madagascan tropical highlands”. It includes the adoption of these new varieties as well as the use of adapted cropping practices. In the central highlands of Madagascar, which have the country’s highest population density, the development of new lowland paddy fields is not possible and intensification of irrigated rice has never been achieved. Rice being the staple crop, the main opportunity of meeting growing demand was to extend rice cultivation on the hillsides under rainfed conditions.

New varieties suitable for upland cultivation at high altitudes (from 1250 to 1800 m asl) have been created and released thanks to a scientific partnership between FOFIFA and CIRAD. Since then, the cultivation of upland rice has expanded very rapidly in high altitude areas.


Stakeholders involved in the innovation process

Value chain stakeholders : farmers
Research stakeholders : FOFIFA, CIRAD, Antananarivo University
Civil society stakeholders : Caritas, Kobama, FAFAFI-SPAM, TAFA, IREDEC, Tsimoka, AVEAMM, Africa Rice, VFTV, CEFFEL, CPM-FTM, VMMV
Institutional stakeholders : DRDA, FIFAMANOR, CFAMA

Stakeholders impacted by the innovation process

Value chain stakeholders : farmers, rice husker owners

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