Main features of the Madagascar project

Timeframe: 2017 - 2018
Name of the program: MAD17
Number of supported families: 400
Number of irrigation systems: 280 + 15 school gardens
Costs 2018 : CHF 136 106

In Madagascar, the majority of the population is facing extremely precarious living conditions. About 70% of the population lives below the poverty line, with less than $1.25 a day. Broad levels of the population throughout the country are still chronically undernourished. According to the UNO, 47% of all children suffer from malnutrition. In some southern parts of the island, acute food shortages and hunger prevail at the beginning of 2017.

85% of the population of Madagascar are small farmers who often farm less than half a hectare of land to provide for themselves. The main products are rice in the wet season and vegetables in the dry season. Water is available a few meters underground, in rivers or stagnant bodies of water in many places throughout Madagascar, even in particularly dry regions. However, the cumbersome transportation of the water to the often fragmented lots of land, which are located on slopes impedes the efficient use of the available potential.

This is where we commence our work: Despite the poverty and lack of prospects among the small farmers, thanks to the help of Aqua Alimenta more than 700 farming families in the highlands, the western lowlands and the north of the island (Anamalanga regions, Boeny, Diana, Sofia) were able to invest in a pedal pump and a new irrigation system for the extended cultivation of vegetables. For many farming families, our help means that they have improved nutrition during the long drought periods and often a modest supplementary income.