In Madagascar, more than 5,000 students from 10 rural schools have received training on rice-fish farming. These students have then passed on their knowledge and training to some 100,000 rural farmers. The combined production of rice and fish plays a vital role in improving local food security. This method can help restore soil fertility and provide easier access to animal protein. Rice yields have increased by 30% and fish protein yields by 250 kg per ha as a result. The project is supported by FAO’s SmartFish programme and a second phase is planned in another 100 Malagasy schools.