MADANACA - Support to the Cashew Value Chain Project in Ambilobe

May 2020
December 2020
Project cost
500 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Agroprocessing Spatial Planning Forest Market Remote sensing



Main goals

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the development of agricultural and forestry value chains and to improve household living standards in DIANA Region in general and in the Ambilobe District in particular.

Specific objectives

The following two specific objectives have been adopted for the project:
SO1. The productivity and profitability of the cashew value chain are improved allowing the income of the households involved to be increased
SO2. The sustainability of the cashew value chain is strengthened by capacity building and the regrouping of stakeholders and the renewal of plantations


All the stakeholders in the cashew value chain in AFAFI-NORD intervention area
The target groups are the rural populations in the three intervention regions, namely Diana, Boeny and Atsimo Andrefana. In addition, the actors of the municipal administration are also concerned, as well as the public bodies of inter-municipal cooperation (OPCI), the COBAs and other local associations, the NGOs and the actors of the artisanal mining sector (prospectors and small-scale mining operators )


R1. The existing cashew plantations and the producers who value them are analyzed
R2. The quantity and quality of cashew nuts produced is improved in the intervention sites
R3. The artisanal processing of cashew nuts into almonds is supported
R4. Cashews and almonds’s market is improved
R5. Governance of the value chain is improved


A1. Characterization of existing cashew plantations
A2. Inventory of existing cashew plantations
A3. Collect information on plantation users
A4. Develop a cashew nut database
A5. Support the creation of COBAs for the management of cashew trees
A6. Support the transfer of management of perimeters to communities
A7. Support the organization of private producers
A8. Strengthen the capacities of COBAs and private producers in associations
A9. Support the renewal and extension of cashew plantations
A10. Take stock of the processing chain
A11. Support the improvement of transformation processes
A12. Explore the potential uses of other cashew products
A13. Promote the fair sale of cashews
A14. Promote the high value-added sale of kernels
A15. Improve the level of information available on prices and market requirements
A16. Support the administration in monitoring specifications and supervising associations
A17. Set up a regulatory institution for the sector
A18. Provide actors in the value chain capacities to understant the international cashew market

Related people

Project coordinator / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Christian Olivier Mahefa

Holder of a Specialized Higher Studies Diploma in Natural Resources Management and Environment (Option: Conservation Manager) and a Masters in Management Sciences, he has 20 years of experience in the management of Protected Areas (marine and terrestrial). He has held various positions providing him with solid experience in the field of administrative and financial management, budget and human resources management, advocacy, development of public or private partnerships and rural development

Country representative in Madagascar

Tovondriaka Rakotobe

With a degree in science - coupled with a background in administration and environmental economics - he has over twenty-five years of experience in sustainable development in a variety of fields: protected areas management, environmental management (planning, information system, environmental impact assessments), quality management at the National Office for the Environment, natural resource management, carbone finance

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Project Manager / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Ny Avy Andriamisaina

Forestry engineer, specialized on "Ecosystem and Biodiversity" and graduated from ESSA (Madagascar), she joined the team with her skills in biodiversity conservation, forest management and natural resources management. With her experience in assessing threats to protected areas, TNRM (Transfer of Natural Resources Management) and community support in conservation, she contributes to the implementation of different projects.

GIS and Remote Sensing Project Manager / Madagascar

Fety Abel Rakotomalala

Currently a PhD student, he holds a DEA of Physics, specialised in "geophysics, remote sensing and GIS" from the Faculty of Sciences of Antananarivo in Madagascar (IOGA). He brings his expertise to the impacts of deforestation, above-ground biomass mapping and scenario development of carbon emissions

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Forest project manager / Agriculture & Market / Madagascar

Anicet Hermann

He holds a Master's degree in environmental sciences from ISSEDD (ex-GREEN) in Toamasina Barika University 5, year 2015. He joined the team in November 2018 on the Talaky project in Fort-Dauphin. His experience in ecology, sociology and sustainable development allows him to carry out his duties as Forest-Co-management Technician. Since October 2020, he has been in charge of the forestry, social and organization mission in MADANACA in the North of Madagascar

Responsible / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Jacques Jacques

A lawyer by training, he has more than 20 years of career as manager of development support and environmental education within Madagascar National Parks (Ankarana National Park). He joined the MADACANA du Nord team as head of Natural Resource Management Transfer to harmonize the purpose of the expected objectives with the expectations of partner peasant associations

Accountant / Madagascar

Navoko Miaritsoa Randrianarijaona

Holder of a Master II in Market and Banking Finance and a Masters in Management Audit and Control option from the Faculty of Economics, Management and Sociology of the University of Antananarivo, she worked from 2014 to 2015 as a collaborator accountant within the accounting outsourcing firm TOP-EC, and from 2016 to 2018 as an accounting assistant in the company JAEL APICULTURE. She joined the team in April 2019 as an accountant-logistician and since 2020 she has brought her expertise in the accounting, logistics, administrative and financial fields to the MADANACA project