• Centre Wallon de Recherches AgronomiquesThe Walloon Agricultural Research Centre is a scientific establishment of the Government of the Walloon Region. It employs more than 450 people including 120 scientists – doctors in agronomic sciences, engineers and licensees. CRA-W maintains numerous contacts with farmers and horticulturists, companies, universities, Belgian and foreign research centres. It participates in numerous European, national and regional research projects.CRA-W is recognized internationally as a centre of excellence in Near Infrared Spectrometry (NIRS). Over the past 30 years, CRA-W’s “Production adding-value” Department has developed numerous applications for the rapid determination of the composition and nutritional value of livestock feed. More recently, the soil analysis by NIRS has been installed within the Walloon Requasud network.For the BIOVA project, CRA-W uses its experience in sampling plans, in the acquisition of spectral data and in the development of prediction models (chemometrics) for the characterization of forages, organic fertilizing materials and soils (NIRS, MIRS).


  • Reunion Island

    Association Réunionnaise de Pastoralisme

    L’ARP or Pasture Association of Reunion Island is in charge of the land planning program, the management of grazing areas and the development of fodder production in the highlands of Reunion Island. For their members, the association implements land improvement work, such as land clearing or planning, consultancy on sustainable pasture management (fertilization, harvesting and rotational grazing) and machinery for forage production.

    Within the BIOVA project, ARP is involved in the development of portable tools for prediction of forage composition (NIRS) and in forage conservation trials.


    Contact details of ARP for BIOVA: Alex MICHON

    Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement

    CIRAD is a French research centre, a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC), working with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture. CIRAD’s activities involve life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food and rural territories.

    This centre has more than 20 years of experience in the development of agro-ecological techniques in the tropics. It has also developed original tools for collecting and managing technical and economic information in livestock and analysis of forage resources (near infrared spectrometry).

    In the BIOVA project, CIRAD Is involved in the development of tools on the characterization of forage and organic fertilizing materials (NIRS), on the prediction of forage yields by satellite imagery (NDVI) and on the implementation of the LASER system for collecting technical and economic information related to livestock. It is also responsible for the design of the common database and the various agro-ecological trials.


    Contact details of CIRAD for BIOVA: Paulo SALGADO


  • Département d’Agriculture – Université d’Antananarivo (ESSA-UA)Situated in Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, this department, opened in 1963, offers programmes of 5-year courses on agriculture, agro-management, environmental resources, livestock and agro-industries. The mission of this department is to train agricultural engineers and researchers and to develop research on livestock.Within the BIOVA project, the livestock department of ESSA plays a strategic role for the provision and supervision of internships for engineering and master II students (development of tools, acquisition of knowledge on production systems, monitoring of agro-ecological trials). ESSA is responsible for the supervision of a doctoral thesis on the monitoring of forage yields by satellite imagery (NDVI).
    Contact details of ESSA-UA for BIOVA: Isabelle HANTANIRINA
  • FIompiana FAmbolena MAlagasy NORvezianaFIFAMANOR is a research centre for rural development in agriculture and livestock, based in Antsirabe. It contributes to the diffusion of agro-ecological techniques in the Vakinankaratra region thanks to an important network of extension officers. It is also involved in the development of cropping methods helping the regeneration of soil fertility and in the slash-and-burn farming in the highlands. FIFAMANOR is the only Malagasy institute to work on wheat and also with a seed production unit.This centre has solid experience on the techniques of animal and food production and phytosanitary control of seeds, analytical capacity and proven training and an extensive network of support and advice.FIFAMANOR coordinates the BIOVA project and is directly involved in forage biochemical analyses and forage conservation trials. FIFAMANOR is responsible for structuring and running the scientific network.
    Contact details of FIFAMANOR for BIOVA: Vololoniaina RAMALANJAONA
  • FOibem-pirenena ho an’ny FIkarohana ampiharina ho FAmpandrosoana ny eny AmbanivohitraFOFIFA is a rural research and development centre established in 1974, that works on reproduction, health and animal nutrition orientated towards rural development; it is the most important agricultural research institute in Madagascar. It has different research departments, such as the department for livestock and veterinary sciences (DRZV).In the BIOVA project, FOFIFA is responsible for the supervision of students acquiring knowledge on agricultural production systems and for the trials on the optimization of food production, conservation of fodder and organic matter and for the transfer of innovation.
    Contact details of FOFIFA for BIOVA: Olga RAKOTOMANANA
  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement IRD is a French research institute emphasizing interdisciplinary research. It has focused its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and his environment in Africa, the Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories. It conducts research on soils, their evolution subsequent to their agricultural use and has internationally recognized expertise in terms of analysis of tropical soils by infrared spectrometry.Within the BIOVA project, IRD contributes, in close partnership with the LRI, to the development of validated methodologies to characterize soil composition and fertility by: (i) quality control of chemical, physical and mineralogical analyses, (ii) the provision of spectrometers for chemometric analyses, and (iii) the co-supervision of a doctoral thesis on soil characterization by infrared spectrometry. IRD is responsible, in collaboration with LRI, for the development of infrared spectrometry tools (NIRS and MIRS) for the physicochemical analysis of soils and analyses of organic fertilizing materials.
    Contact details of IRD for BIOVA: Thierry BECQUER
  • Laboratoire des Radio-Isotopes (LRI)LRI is the research and training centre of the University of Antananarivo and has two research units; one on soils and climate change, another on the bioavailability of nutrients and one unit of analysis of soil, plants and water.In the BIOVA project, the role of LRI, in close partnership with IRD, is to monitor the activities on the characterization of soil fertility at the farm level. It uses its skills in the acquisition of infrared spectra and in the development of models of prediction of physicochemical soil parameters (NIRS and MIRS) as well as in laboratory analyses (soils and organic fertilizing materials).Link:
    Contact details of LRI for BIOVA: Lilia RABEHARISOA


  • Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique

    IIAM is a public research institute that works on agricultural research, development and extension services in Mozambique. The different units are: agriculture and natural resources (DARN); animal sciences (DCA); training, documentation and knowledge transfer (DFDTT); management and coordination (DPAF). The mission of this institute is to implement research and development activities and to disseminate agricultural technologies.

    In the BIOVA project, IAMM is responsible for the supervision of students in the acquisition of knowledge on agricultural production systems in Mozambique, for the trials on the optimization of food production, fodder and organic matter conservation and for the transfer of innovation.


    Contact details of IIAM for BIOVA: Olga FAFETINE

  • Centro Universitário de Changalane, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (CUC-UEM)

    UEM, based in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, was created in 1962 and remained until recently the only university in Mozambique. It offers a large range of courses from bachelors to PhD. Among the different departments, there is one for Agriculture and Forestry and another for Veterinary Science.

    CUC-UEM was created in 2001 to establish a centre of excellence for the transfer of agricultural technologies and in the near future courses on Animal Production will also be proposed. The centre has 870 ha of land, 100 cows, goats and forage banks.

    In the BIOVA project, it plays a strategic role in the supervision of student internships (engineer and master II) involved in the activities of the development of tools, acquisition of knowledge on production systems and monitoring of agro-ecological trials. UEM CUC is in charge of the supervision of a doctoral thesis on the development of tools based on infrared spectrometry for the characterization of soils.


    Contact details of UEM for BIOVA: Mário MUNGOI


BIOVA Project

« Recyclage des BIOmasses Végétales et Animales dans les systèmes d’agriculture élevage »
Andranomanelatra Antsirabe 110, Madagascar
Tel : + 261 20 44 99 139 (fixed) – + 261 33 01 83 154 (mobile)

BIOVA project contact person: Vololoniaina Lalatia RAMALANJAONA
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