USAID Announces New Project to Promote Diversification of Crops in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO -  The United States convened agriculture experts, key partners, and officials to explore how the cultivation of peanuts, sorghum, and millet can bolster food security and benefit farmers and consumers in Madagascar.

The January 24 meeting in Antanaviro, Madagascar, marked the launch of the USAID Agricultural Project for Enhancing Sorghum, Millet, and Peanuts Business Activity in Madagascar (APEMBA). 

Partnering with the National Center for Applied Research on Rural Development (FOFIFA), APEMBA aims to promote resilient crop rotations that improve soil health, increase production, feed communities, and protect the environment.

The U.S. Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut, which will implement APEMBA, and the Global Collaboration for Sorghum and Millet (GCSM) are at the forefront of this initiative. 

The organizations will work together to introduce new crop varieties and agronomic practices to enhance productivity and profitability for farmers, strengthen value chains, and support Madagascar’s national agricultural programs.

GCSM is based at Kansas State University, and the Peanut Innovation Lab is hosted at the University of Georgia.

The project is a continuation of USAID’s investment of more than $39 million to combat food insecurity and improve agricultural livelihoods in Madagascar.

View the announcement on the USAID website.