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Principal Investigator (Affiliation) 日本 Dr.
(Project Leader, Crop, Livestock and Environment Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS))
マダガスカル Mr.
RAMAROSON Lantonirina
(General Director, Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP))
Research Institutions in Japan Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences(JIRCAS)/The University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Yamanashi Eiwa College
Research Institutions in Madagascar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAEP)/ The National Center for Applied Research and Rural Development (FOFIFA)/ University of Antananarivo (LRI)/ National Office of Nutrition (ONN)
Adoption fiscal year FY 2016
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Madagascar
General Description of the Research Project

To increase the rice yield under low fertility conditions through rapid diagnosis of soil fertility and the development of nutrient-use-efficient breeding lines
Madagascar is one of the largest rice producers in Africa with a per capita rice consumption twice as high as that of Japan. Its rice productivity, however, remains stagnated to date because of the lack of fertilizer input and nutrient-poor soils occurring in many areas of Africa. The project aims to develop rice production techniques to realize high yield even under low fertility conditions by combining fertilizer application techniques suited to the soil nutrient characteristics of the field and new breeding lines with high nutrient use efficiency. It will also evaluate the impact that the adoption of such techniques has on the income and nutritional status of local farmers

Toward the stabilization of African food production and a paradigm shift in agriculture
The project will contribute to stabilizing food production in Africa by disseminating rice production techniques suited to the poor fertility soils common in Madagascar and elsewhere in Africa. Furthermore, the development of techniques to raise crops with high nutrient use efficiency is expected to help promote the conversion from resource intensive to a resource-saving and sustainable agriculture.

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Rapid and extensive monitoring of geographical conditions of rice fields and nutrition status of rice plants using a drone


Selection of lines that show high productivity in a local paddy field lacking phosphorus


Evaluation of soil characteristics based on its color


Survey on income and nutritional status in farming communities

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