MADANACA2 - Cashew value chain development project in the Ambilobe zone - Phase 2

January 2021
March 2023
Project cost
500 000 €
Role in the project




Agriculture Organic Agriculture Agroprocessing Spatial Planning Forest Market Remote sensing



Main goals

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the development of agricultural and forestry value chains and to the improvement of the standard of living of households in the DIANA Region

Specific objectives

Two specific objectives were adopted for the project:
SO1. The productivity and profitability of the cashew value chain are improved to increase the income of the households involved
SO2. The sustainability of the cashew value chain is strengthened by capacity building and the regrouping of stakeholders and the renewal of plantations


All links in the cashew nut value chain in AFAFFI-North's 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. Cashew plantations and producers are analyzed
R2. Cashew nut production is improved
R3. The processing of cashews into almonds is supported
R4. Producers and artisanal processors are supported in marketing
R5. Governance of the value chain is improved


A1. Detailed analysis of cashew plantations and producers
A2. Improvement of cashew nut production
A3. Support for the artisanal processing of cashew nuts into kernels
A4. Support for producers and processors in marketing
A5. Improved governance of the value chain

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

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

Administrative and Financial Assistant / Madagascar

Nathalie Sylvia Andrianisa

She's graduated of the Institut Supérieur de Technologie d'Antsiranana en Commerce, she worked as a commercial agent at Airtel Madagascar from 2012 to 2015, then she assumed the function of Administrative Secretary within the Anti Erosive Control Program - PLAE, an NGO whose main activity is erosion control and agriculture. She joined the team in December 2020 as Administrative and Financial Assistant 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

Project officer / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Jean-Marie Vianney Sibomana

A forestry graduate of the Agricultural and Forestry School of Nyamishaba (Rwanda) and holder of a certificate specialized in logging and wood processing in Madagascar, Jean-Marie brings his expertise for the design of forest plantation installation, the development-monitoring forest management plans and measuring social and environmental impacts

Farmer Business School trainer / Agriculture & market / Madagascar

Ibrahim Figuelia

Currently in Master II in Agro-Management, he also holds a Master I in Agricultural Entomology and Management of Useful and Harmful INSects (GDINS) and a License in Agro-Management and Environment. He is a trainer in Farmer Business School and Certification process in Africa and Madagascar

Coaching Trainer in Agricultural Entrepreneurship School / Agriculture & Market / Madagascar

Laha Managnasy Razafindravala

Holder of a Bachelor's degree in Economic and Social Administration and a Master's degree in Decisional Management from EMIT / University of Fianarantsoa. It works to strengthen the entrepreneurial and technical skills of cashew producers and provides support towards change allowing them to acquire more financial autonomy and food security for their families

Trainer in Farmer Business School / Agriculture & Market / Madagascar

Blaise Michelson Razafindrazanaparany

He has a master's degree in Food Biochemistry and Natural Resource Valorization and was an intern in monitoring-evaluation and investigator of the Jardin du monde on training in the use of medicinal plants

FBS trainer / Agriculture & Market / Madagascar

Christinà Sarobidy Razafimandimbison

Agricultural engineer specializing in agroeconomics graduated from ESSA (University of Antananarivo), she joined the team in September 2021 to provide support on the promotion of agricultural entrepreneurship by sharing the necessary know-how for small producers who wish to succeed in this sector

Land planning project manager / Forest & REDD+ / Madagascar

Dimbiarisinina Razafimamonjy

Currently in thesis, he holds a Master's degree in Geography from the University of Antananarivo, Option Society and Territoriality. He brings his expertise in the design, setting up and implementation of territorial projects within the team