Development of rice-fish culture AP4-1

By 21 June 2011Non classé

Development of rice-fish culture

of total budget
months of action
of the project is financed by SEED Foundation
Madagascar – Vakinankaratra region

June 2011 – may 2014


APDRA Pisciculture Paysanne and Coopérative FIFIMPAVA


375 farmers and their families

Heart of the project

Lack in proteins and malnutrition

In Madagascar, half the children aged less than five years old have stunted growth due to malnutrition. Malnutrition in Madagascar is due particularly to a lack in proteins. However, fish is the animal protein that is the most consumed on the island and is also expensive to produce and the supply is significantly less than the growing demand.
In this context, rice/fish farming which consists of developing fish breeding in existing paddy fields, presents numerous opportunities. The Vakinankaratra region, in the centre of the island, which has 200,000 hectares of irrigated paddy fields, is seen to be particularly well-disposed for rice/fish farming.

Rice fish culture: a profitable and sustainable activity

The objective of the project is to make rice/fish farming a profitable, sustainable activity developed by numerous farmers in the Vakinankaratra region to fight against malnutrition.
The project aims at assisting rice farmers to develop adapted and high performing fish farming activities in their paddy fields, to diversify, secure and substantially increase their income. It will allow them to improve the local availability of fish and enrich the local population’s alimentation with animal proteins. The development of rice/fish farming will also lead to an improvement of the fertility of rice farm plots.

Main actions


Long term improvement of rice/fish farming: training, advising and monitoring 75 breeders of young fish in the paddy field; Training, advising and monitoring 300 farmers to introduce fish in rice fields.


Reinforcement of local abilities to more effectively organize the development of rice/fish farming by supporting the professional organization and by improving qualitative and quantitative the newspaper “la Voix des Rizipisciculteurs” (The Rice Farmer’s Voice).


Support the implementation of a management plan of carp genetics based through a study on the sustainable management of carp genetics and by involving all the sector’s operators.

L’intégration de la pisciculture dans les rizières apporte un véritable complément de ressources

Alain Barbier President of SEED Foundation

J’ai reçu des formations sur le grossissement et la production d’alevins, ce qui m’a poussé à persévérer dans la pratique de la rizipisciculture.

Jean Paul Rice farmer

Eloïse, à tout juste 25 ans, s'envole en mars 2017 pour une mission de 6 mois sur l'île de Madagascar sur une zone soutenue par SEED Foundation


Expected benefits

Increase technical and economic performances
Enable the diffusion of knowledge and of the technique of rice/fish farming

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