To Press Releases listJan 18, 2017
Madagascar’s economy is largely
dominated by agriculture and rice cultivation
plays a predominant role in the country’s economy. Many families
eat rice three times a day, and most of it is homegrown.
Unfortunately, the average paddy yields are low, leading to import of
rice to meet the local demand.
Micronutrient deficiencies are
high in the country, especially amongst pre-school age children and pregnant
women. Annually, Madagascar loses over US$720 million in GDP to vitamin and
In October 2010, Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa partnered
with the Ministry of Agriculture in Madagascar, the Nestlé Research and
Development Centre and other institutions to initiate a bio-fortified rice
project. Current rates of anemia among preschool aged children and pregnant
women are 68% and 50% respectively.
This project, over the past 5 years, has provided 1,000
farmers with new bio-fortified rice varieties that are not only
disease-resistant, but which also grow in uplands, thus complementing existing
rice cultivation and increasing the yield of the farmers while at the same time
enriching their diet. To make the project sustainable in the long-term, we have
been developing seed producers who will be able to provide these new varieties
to farmers, as well as provide them with the necessary technical assistance such
best agricultural practices.
In this context, a stakeholder event was held on the
31st of August 2016 in Madagascar in the presence of Allan
Brelu, IOI Cluster manager.