Madagascar’s Country Report and Business Plan on Mainstreaming Land Governance in the National Agricultural Investment Plan of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (NAIP/CAADP) has been validated by the African Union, Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank’s Land Policy Initiative (LPI).
It is part of a project aimed at facilitating the implementation of the AU Agenda on Land in Africa by the LPI, with Madagascar being one of the pilot countries.
According to LPI Coordinator Joan Kagwanja, the country was selected because the challenges it faces are representative of those faced by many other countries on the continent and its exemplary longstanding efforts in land reforms.
“The government is committed to successful implementation of the project, including the business plan,” said Randrianaritiana Pierrot Serge, the Permanent Secretary in Madagascar’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
He added that the project has enhanced the collaboration between the Ministries responsible for Lands and Agriculture and other stakeholders in Madagascar.
The pilot project is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Union (EU).
IFAD’s Rachel Senn noted the importance of addressing land governance challenges to advancing food security and transforming agriculture. In Madagascar, these include land titling, tenure security and land access for women and youth.
Madagascar joins Rwanda, Malawi, and Tanzania which are at a more advanced stage in the CAADP implementation.