Mauritius: International community to support Indian Ocean food security projects

Ebène, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has said that the two-day Antananarivo conference on food security that ended on Friday night opened a new dynamism for Madagascar and the other Indian Ocean countries by establishing a complete inventory of food and nutritional security projects led by the big island.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, the IOC said it reaffirmed the sponsors’ engagement on ongoing and upcoming projects and measures also the high hopes of the private sector, particularly in the other countries of the Indian Ocean, towards agricultural production in Madagascar.

According to the IOC, a total of 49 million euro has been mobilized by the sponsors that are the European Union, the Regional Platform for Agronomic Research for Development (PReRAD) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

For its part, the African Development Bank (ADB) has announced its intention to fund regional integration projects at the level of the Indian Ocean.

Thus, a sum of 645 million euro is mobilized on Madagascar making it a total of 694 million euro that will be put to the service of food security in the Indian Ocean, the IOC said.

The IOC has introduced 10 projects focusing on the intensification of production on the 36 million hectares of fertile land in Madagascar of which three million only are exploited.

"Rice production is six tons per hectare in Asia while it is less than two tons/hectare in Madagascar”, the communiqué said.

The IOC proposes also to better link food security to nutrition, work actively on the modernization of marketing circuits, intra-regional and world import and focus also on the infrastructure.
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21 february 2015 07:20:23




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