EU Support Programme for Agro-Silviculture around Antananarivo (ASA)


After decades of supporting Madagascar's domestic fuelwood sector development, ECO Consult was commissioned to outscale its expertise in modernizing fuelwood production chains to the regions of Analamanga, Itasy et Vakinankaratra. In mid 2014 the value chain approach, practised successfully as yet with a flanking holistic improvement of socio-political framework conditions, was put at the core of the ambitious ASA Programme (Programme d'Appui à l'Agro-Silviculture autour d'Antananarivo).

The programme operates in an intervention area of 102 villages, with a scheduled running time of five years until 2019. It is fruit of a cooperation of the Malagasy government, seeking to secure its capital's expanding populace's future needs for food and household fuels, with a number of agencies and NGOs under financing from the European Commission. The programme figures in the EC's 10th FED (Fonds Européen de Développement).

Two of ASA's five axes of intervention target (i) sustainable wood energy production twinned with afforestation and (ii) establishment of secure tenure rights. Direct and indirect income generation measures (such as generating a favourable investment climate for rural producers) extend to a total of about 50,000 households with approximately 250,000 beneficiaries.

Cooperation partners in the programme, which presently consists of altogether 9 field projects, are IRAM (France) and the Madegassan-based local consulting BEST.

Other production chains that are targeted by the programme ("Nourishing the capital") are of the agricultural kind, such as livestock, dairy and fishery.

The ARSF component (Programme d’Appui à la Reforme Foncière et à la Sécurisation Foncière) presently extends to 75 villages.

Time span
2014 – 2019     

Commissioning body           
European Commission

Cooperation partners


RVI: Insights into a groundbreaking approach

Afforestation measures were tested for decades, in Madagascar. But only the novel approach of community reforestation ("Reboisement villageois individuel, RVI") managed to save huge parts of devastated land from erosion. The approach and lessons are summarized in: "Le Reboisement villageois individuel: Leçons apprises du projet GREEN-Mad, Madagascar" (PDF, 4.62 MB)

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