Support young farmers through a peasant organization



Support young farmers through a peasant organization

Young members of SOA-Mitsinjo were trained on how to seize market opportunities and improve their entrepreneurial skills

ROME, Italy, September 28, 2021 / APO Group / –

Young farmers in the Analamanga region, in central Madagascar, are more involved than ever in reforestation and agroecological practices. This is thanks to technical and field training organized on resilient agriculture, water management and soil fertility management organized with the Syndicat des Organizations Agricoles (SOA) -Mitsinjo. SOA-Mitsinjo is supported by the national union of producers’ organizations in Madagascar. It also benefits from activities organized by the Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), a partnership hosted by FAO that aims to support forest and agricultural producer organizations to increase their technical and commercial capacities so that they can play their crucial role in the fight against climate change. and improving food security.

Young members of SOA-Mitsinjo were trained on how to seize market opportunities and improve their entrepreneurial skills. The training gave young farmers the idea to start planting fruit and forest trees, which contributes to the reforestation process in the country. The activity contributes to the Government of Madagascar’s goal of achieving at least 40,000 hectares of reforestation per year. Prior to the training, many young farmers were not interested in resilient agriculture, failing to see the benefits for their communities and livelihoods.

Ratefiarison Edinah from the village of Antanetibe Mahazza, is one of the young farmers who benefited from the training. She says the training gave her insight into a better method to control pests on her farmland and that she now realizes the importance of planting more trees in her community.

Investing in the future of young farmers

The SOA-Mitsinjo farmers’ organization is located in the Antanetibe Mahazaza Ambohidratrimo district, in the Analamanga region, in central Madagascar. It was created in 2011 and has 210 members, the majority of whom are women. The organization is involved in the production and processing of fruits and vegetables, and members produce 30 tonnes per year. SOA-Mitsinjo has invested a lot to support the inclusion of young farmers in agriculture in 11 villages through the trainings organized.

Since participating in the training, the young farmers not only developed fruit and forest plant production activities, but also adopted organic techniques to control pests on their farmlands. This innovation made young people aware of agroforestry as well as agroecological practices. Young people are now strong supporters of reforestation and the fight against climate change.

This process improved market opportunities for the young participants and opened doors to new partnerships, especially with the private sector. Farmers’ organization SOA-Mitsinjo gained new young members, which enabled more people to actively participate in community initiatives such as reforestation, repairing rural roads and promoting access to land. ‘water. SOA-Mitsinjo has also started to develop nursery activities.

With the knowledge acquired, SOA-Mitsinjo has set up a reforestation zone in the communities and many young people are interested in agroforestry, agroecology, and the Climate Smart Agriculture approach.

Behavior change, knowledge improvement and livelihoods

In general, collective actions such as reforestation and training have led to a significant change in behavior among young people, generating strong support for actions in favor of reforestation and the fight against climate change, as well as a new willingness to solve the problem of access to water.

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