Soil protection and rehabilitation for improved food security (ProSol)

Rehabilitation of degraded soils, most recently embedded in approaches to sustainable landscape management, has long been part of German TC with Madagascar, from the international to the subnational level. Several bilateral projects, significantly co-developed by ECO Consult, have contributed to soil protection and rehabilitation and developed sustainable approaches.

Since 2014, thanks to the German government's Special initiative "One World - No Hunger" (SEWOH) additional investments have been directed to soil protection and sustainable land use as a precondition for fighting poverty. In Madagascar, the associated global programme "Soil protection and rehabilitation for improved food security (ProSol)" joins forces with neighbouring programmes for landscape restoration (ProPFR) and sustainable management of natural resources (PAGE) operative in the area. This is to tap synergies and foster integrated action (technical as well as governance-related) in such districts as have pivotal relevance in the attempt to reach global goals. Madagascar, which has already lost one third of her fertile land and only 20% forest cover left, is faced with the triple challenge to feed her people, become more climate-resilient and safeguard remaining biodiverse ecosystems from irreversible destruction.

German and national expertise are now directed towards multifunctional land use and spatial planning on the basis of systematic land inventories. Land users' participation in the planning will encourage people to voice and negotiate their interests, explore new income sources and paths of self-help, access knowledge transfer in matters of soil fertility and productivity, and invest in land titles and an adapted agricultural use for the longer term. Integrated capacity building is offered to institutions and governmental agencies to improve legal and administrative framework conditions.

In the programme's focal region of Boeny (100,000 inhabitants) ECO Consult works in selected municipalities to rehabilitate thousands of hectares of smallholder lands and communal pastures. The rehabilitation, also linking up with the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100) to which Madagascar is pilot country, is envisaged to cite 25% higher yields in major crops. An incentive mechanism for climate-relevant soil protection will be developed and suggested for political adoption. Starting point is the county's dynamic legislation with, among others, a promising rural land law with provisions for property and use rights, the Government of Madagascar's National Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change and the imminent implementation of the national land policy with systematic land inventory protocols that ECO Consult co-supports in the frame of the ProPFE.

Special emphasis is put on coherence and synergies with other organizations operating in the region. To this end we work with decision-makers at village level, inter-municipal associations, the private sector (PPPs) and the line agencies of the Ministries for the Environment, Agriculture, Spatial Planning and Water. Training is provided for local and national NGOs. The project's chief political implementation partner is the Ministry for the Environment, Ecology and Forests (MEEF).

Time span
2018 – 2022   

Commissioning body           
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

In cooperation with
GOPA Consultants

Contact: Dr. Steve Sepp

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