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Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs2
(Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) )
Research Institutions in Japan Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
Research Institutions in Madagascar The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Madagascar
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Madagascar
General Description of the Research Project This project aims to improve rice productivity under low-input and low soil fertility conditions typically encountered in Africa by combining fertilizer management practices with the development of nutrient efficient rice varieties. Specifically, we will develop 1) fertility sensing techniques to assess the types and degrees of nutrient deficiencies, 2) new breeding lines with improved nutrient acquisition capacity and utilization efficiency by introducing genetic resources such as PSTOL1, the phosphorus starvation tolerance gene in rice, and 3) fine-tuned fertilizer management practices based on the fertility assessment of rice fields. In addition, we will identify socioeconomic factors of importance for successful technical dissemination and evaluate the impact of improved rice productivity on household income and human nutrition. The project is implemented in Madagascar, the second-biggest rice-producing country in Africa. We will conclude the project by compiling technical manuals and policy recommendation to contribute to the extension activities led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Madagascar. Throughout the project, we will focus on the capacity building in counterpart institutions to assure that activities initiated through the project can continue to contribute not only to the crop production in the low-input and low-fertility environment in Africa but also to the development of sustainable agriculture in the scarcity of global fertilizer resources.
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