Rice: A successful combination

Growing rice alongside vegetables, such as beans or peas, has increased irrigated-rice yields from 2 t to 5-6 t per ha in the Madagascan highlands. Pioneered by FOFIFA, the main national agriculture research institution, the technique uses a combination of improved rice varieties, innovative farming methods, and better water and nutrition management.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.