Presentation

“Recycling plant and animal biomass in crop-livestock farming systems” (BIOVA) is a capacity-building project for agricultural research and promotion of agro-ecological techniques. It aims to increase agricultural yields and improve the productivity of farmers in Madagascar and Mozambique.

The BIOVA project deals in particular with plant and animal biomass produced on the farm. Activities aim to find ways to conserve and recycle resources better and promote conservation agriculture and crop-livestock synergy. Five interrelated activities are carried out within the framework of the project.

The project has been developed taking into account the agricultural challenges in Madagascar and Mozambique which deals with plant and animal biomass. In order to achieve its objectives the BIOVA project extends over three years and comprises of five different activities.

Objectives

BIOVA is a project which focuses on plant and animal biomass in order to contribute to increasing agricultural yields and to improve the productivity of herds on small family farms. The project has been working in Madagascar and Mozambique for more than three years on five interrelated activities.

The overall objective of the action is to secure food production in family farming systems through the acquisition of knowledge, and the promotion of innovative agro-ecological techniques for the optimized management of the resources (biomass and soil) produced or available within the farm.

Specific objectives:

(1) increase in agricultural production (rice, milk, etc.) (i) by the conservation and recycling of plant and animal biomass produced on the farm for the joint improvement of animal feed and soil fertility, (ii) by promoting the production systems based on the principles of conservation agriculture and promoting crop-livestock synergies;

(2) strengthening of scientific collaboration at regional (Indian Ocean) and international (France, Belgium) level, through the establishment of a scientific research network on the evaluation and sustainable management of biomass in crop-livestock farming systems.

Targets and stakeholders

Implemented under the coordination of FIFAMANOR located in Andranomanelatra, Madagascar, the project benefits not only researchers/ teacher-researchers and agricultural engineers and technicians but also farmers, farmers’ organisations, and agricultural supervision and training organisations of the central Highlands and central Midwest of Madagascar, as well as those of the southern regions (Changalane, Chokwe) and central (Angonia, Changara) of Mozambique, and is supported by several technical and financial partners.

Expected results

Through its activities, BIOVA will allow, among other things:

  • the development of a regional research network to improve access to scientific information, increase the visibility of the various projects and work implemented by the partners, open regional research to the international scientific community, promote regional mobility and exchanges, reduce disparities between states and pool scientific expertise and available resources around the theme of conservation and recycling of biomass and nutrients on the farm;
  • the production of tools and methods and the strengthening of analytical capacities for the characterization of organic resources (fodder, fertilizers) and soils;
  • strengthening the capacity to diagnose the agronomic and economic constraints of crop-livestock farms.
  • the development and dissemination of technical options to increase the efficiency of use of local resources and to reduce the import of inputs;
  • the empowerment of the poorest farmers exposed to the risks of food insecurity, facilitated by farmers’ organizations. Optimizing the enhancement of the farm’s own resources (fodder, manure, soil), strengthening food autonomy and increasing farm income;

Visibility

Thanks to the various communication actions on the partners’ websites, public presentations at scientific seminars, work and exchange sessions with the relevant ministries and the competent authorities, the project is now visible.

However, this visibility has been considerably strengthened by the online publication of the BIOVA website and the participation of partners and doctoral students in international conferences.

In addition, FAO organized a competition for doctoral students and young researchers, from developing countries, with the aim of sharing and promoting information on promising technologies or interv²entions in the field of animal nutrition that will contribute in the near future to improve livestock nutrition. For this reason, the production of a promotional video on the NIRS tool was carried out in partnership with the project ARChE_Net. The video was presented to the contest and won second prize. This video is available on the link:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzp5NgJ2dK4NruQOotsBVeyfL82nBskg.

In parallel, following the recommendations received during the African Union Research Grant – Second Science Forum – a project brochure has been developed and will soon be available to partners and organisations involved in research and development.

The various communication actions (websites, brochures, scientific communications, participation in workshops, etc.) made it possible to increase the visibility of actions, partners and donors of the project. The logos of the African Union and the European Union Commissions were mentioned on the support documents and on the materials acquired within the framework of the project. Furthermore, this visibility was demonstrated at the level of state institutions and NGOs in the countries where the project was implemented and at the level of farmers (farms involved in carrying out trials and farmers’ organisations).

Contact

BIOVA Project

« Recyclage des BIOmasses Végétales et Animales dans les systèmes d’agriculture élevage »
c/o FIFAMANOR BP 198
Andranomanelatra Antsirabe 110, Madagascar
Tel : + 261 20 44 99 139 (fixed) – + 261 33 01 83 154 (mobile)

BIOVA project contact person: Vololoniaina Lalatia RAMALANJAONA
E-mail address of contact person: vololonalalatia@yahoo.fr
E-mail address of FIFAMANOR: it.fifamanor@moov.mg