Supporting agricultural colleges

The project aims to improve conditions for young people undergoing initial training at four Fékama agricultural colleges in Madagascar. Over a 2-year period, this initiative will enable 460 young people (30% girls), aged between 14 and 18, to benefit from optimal training. More specifically, this includes training of teaching teams on how to best adapt teaching methods to the needs and abilities of young people by using fun teaching aids, alternating practical work in the fields with more in-depth classroom sessions, and group work sessions between young learners. The daily living conditions at the college will be improved thanks to renovations to infrastructures, and acquisition of equipment. Improvements to the school canteen, nutrition based education and cooking workshops are also planned. Lastly, the project will enable young people, particularly those in their third year, to undertake work placements with established farmers in order to have hands on experience of natural resource management. At the end of the project, the running costs of the colleges will be ensured by a multi-fund basket from the umbrella organisation of Agricultural Colleges (Fékama).

 Founded in 1981, FERT is a French association that aims to enable farmers to ensure food security in their countries. FERT has been working in Madagascar since 1986.



Education / Environment


January 2024 - december 2025



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25.6 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 400/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
71% (2012)

Literacy rate
72% (2016)

Human Development Index
161st out of 189 countries (2018)

The political instability affecting Madagascar since 2009 has undermined government institutional capacity, economic growth and development efforts. Its education, health, nutrition and water access outcomes are among the poorest in the world. The poverty rate has sharply increased since 2009, with 90% of the population living below the international poverty line. Almost half of all children under five are chronically malnourished. In addition, the country is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, including cyclones, droughts and floods. It is also faced with the challenge of preserving its unique environment and biodiversity of global significance.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.