Farming & Technology for Africa

FM3A Project

The FM3A project in Madagascar addresses the complex challenges of poverty, food insecurity, and underdevelopment in the country. Madagascar’s biodiversity and natural beauty contrast with its severe issues of food and nutritional insecurity, reflecting the broader struggles faced by the nation. Past development efforts have often been ineffective due to their short duration, sectoral focus, and top-down approach.

FM3A aims to not only address food security but also emphasize sustainability and community empowerment. It seeks to give local communities more voice and responsibility, allowing them to coordinate and plan their own futures. The project’s main objectives include:

  1. Poverty Reduction and Food Security: FM3A offers a community-based solution to poverty and food insecurity by providing financial support for sustainable agriculture and rural market development.
  2. Contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The project aligns with several SDGs, such as no poverty, decent work and economic growth, zero hunger, good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, quality education, gender equality, reduced inequalities, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, peace, justice, and strong institutions. It addresses these goals through various activities, including entrepreneurship training, education initiatives, gender empowerment, and renewable energy adoption.
  3. Local Development Approach: FM3A promotes a localized development approach and community ownership, transferring power and responsibility to local populations. It focuses on sustainable solutions, community engagement, and flexibility to adapt to different local contexts.
  4. Experimentation and Learning: The project serves as an opportunity to study and learn from the implementation of the “localization of development” and “community ownership” approach. It aims to understand the favorable conditions, success factors, actions, and risks associated with this approach through experimentation and observation.

he FM3A project in Madagascar is a comprehensive initiative that seeks to address food insecurity and poverty while aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes community involvement and empowerment, aiming to achieve lasting positive change in the country’s rural areas and serve as a learning experience for the localization of development approaches.

The following presents a list of specific activities proposed by the communities and aligned with FTA’s objectives.

  1. Small-scale livestock (local breed poultry…)
  2. Vegetable gardens and horticultural crops
  3. Fruit trees and timber trees
  4. Trees for energy
  5. Establishment of markets
  6. Establishment of information and training centers
  7. Ecotourism development
  8. Marketing and communication training
  9. Land development techniques training
  10. Computer literacy training
  11. Social media and partnership training
  12. Entrepreneurship training
  13. Association management training
  14. Mutual savings and investment management training
  15. Foreign language training
  16. Nutrition and family planning training
  17. Justice and Peace training
  18. Renewable energy training

The implementation of the project is guided by several general principles:

  • Local Empowerment: Empowering local communities to take control of their development.
  • Targeted Selection: Supporting those who clearly express their interest and willingness to work and have a proven track record.
  • Trust in Locals: Trusting local communities, with risk assessments when necessary.
  • Accountability: Holding all parties accountable.
  • Predictability: Following predictable laws and cycles.
  • Resource Reinvestment: Ensuring that energy, financial resources, and natural resources are not wasted.
  • Adaptation and agility: Embracing a non-linear project management approach that focuses on achieving results.

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