Limiting Factors in the Development of Vegetable Value Chains in Southeastern Madagascar
Narilala Randrianarison1, Herimihamina Andriamazaoro2, Solofo Sambatra Tolojanahary1
1University of Agricultural Sciences, NutriHAF Project, Madagascar
Food insecurity prevails in many parts of Madagascar. The Atsimo-Atsinanana Region, located in the Southeast of the country, ranks first with a lean period of 6 to 7 months compared to a national average of 5 months and a prevalence rate of 64% in 2012. The population of this area shows an enormous deficiency in micronutrients, partly due to an infrequent, low-level and low-diversity consumption of vegetables.. Vegetable crops, which are grown on very restricted surfaces, are also weakly developed. However, this region with its hot and humid climate almost all the year and its characteristic terroirs presents agro-climatic conditions favorable to vegetable crops. In addition, almost all the vegetables sold in the urban markets of the region come from the Malagasy highlands. The purpose of this paper is to explain why local producers do not address the needs of urban consumers for vegetables.
Keywords: Actors, producers, traders, urban consumers, value chain, vegetables
Contact Address: Narilala Randrianarison, University of Agricultural Sciences, NutriHAF Project, Antananarivo, Madagascar, e-mail: narilalaryahoo.fr