Software: Optimising soil management

In the Lake Alaotra region of Madagascar, a ‘network of reference farms’ is bringing together farmers cultivating under direct seeding mulch-based cropping systems to improve soil fertility. This type of network combines different kind of farms according to their cropping systems and breeding practices, for example. Once created, these farms are subject to technical monitoring to build postulated event sequences and assess their resilience to hazards (such as weather). To support this approach, three French research institutes - CIRAD, INRA and IAMM (Institut agronomique méditerranéen de Montpellier) - have developed the Olympe software package, a farm operating simulation tool that helps farmers optimising their crop management in a long-term perspective.

Mamy Andriatiana

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.