BIOVA : Recycling of plant and animal biomasses in crop-livestock system

Project identifier 30-BIOVA
Project Status finished
Start date 2012-12-01
End date 2016-12-01
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Identification and breeding of animals and crops to maintain/increase productivity
  • Sustainable intensification: Organizational innovations
  • Cross-cutting issues: Engagement between African and European R&I communities
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Type of Project Institutional capacity building project
    Programme AURG I
    Keyword Biomass conservation; recycling; upland rice; lowland maize
    Location Madagascar; Mozambique
    Budget 973 578
    Main Funder African Union Commission (AURG 1)
    Coordinator Fiompiana Fambolena Malagasy Norvéziana (FIFAMANOR)
  • Reunion Island Pastoralism Association (ARP)
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)
  • Walloon Agricultural Research Center (CRA-W)
  • University of Antananarivo
  • Agricultural Research Institute of Mozambique (IIAM)
  • Research Institute for Development (IRD)
  • Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM)
  • Project Web Site
  • Cirad record for project
  • Agrisource record for project
  • AURG projects phase 1 booklet
  • Description

    The project was developed to optimize the management of the recycling of plant and animal biomass produced on the farm and to strengthen the scientific collaborations.

    Approach of the Project
    • Improve laboratories capabilities by the acquisition of needed materials and equipment.
    • Characterize the biomass and soil resources by the validation of tools/ methods low cost.
    • Improve the synergy between crop and livestock systems by the recycling and the conservation of biomass and nutrients. • Increase agricultural productions (rice, milk, etc.) by the promotion of innovative agro-ecological techniques.
    • Constitute a single and shared database by standardize collected data entry and aggregation modes at different levels (farmer, farm) and in each field.
    • Develop scientific collaboration by structuring and animation of a scientific research network.

    Major Results Achieved
    • Technical training on tools/methods for resources monitoring.
    • Calibration and prediction models from infrared spectrometers (raw materials, forage species and organic matter).
    • Ring test between laboratories.
    • Characterizations of crop livestock production systems.
    • Project’s database developed.
    • On-station two trial rounds achieved on innovative agro-ecological techniques (conservation agriculture, silage, manure management.
    • PhD works initialized and several student’s thessis published.
    • Several regional and international expertise missions and exchanges accomplished

    Expected Impact
    • Agricultural productivity secured and better autonomy of farming systems.
    • Synergy among crop and livestock improved (recycling & conservation of biomass/nutrients).
    • Farmers dependence against external inputs (feed concentrates, mineral fertilizers, etc.) reduced.
    • Farm’s incomes and standard of living of farmers improved.
    • Knowledge and skills of scientists, engineers, technicians strengthened.
    • Supervision/training capacities of agricultural organizations improved.
    • Capabilities of national institutions to manage international contracts enhanced.
    • Continental and regional scientific research network established and functional.