Rice-fish fishing: A key development driver

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.

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.