CEFFEL (Conseil – Expérimentation – Formation en Fruits et Légumes) in Madagascar consists of 11 members, that represent 170,000 families. CEFFEL provides training sessions about production techniques and has a centre for trials and experiments. Furthermore CEFFEL also trains agricultural advisors, and supports its members with economic information. Potato productivity on Madagascar is on the decline as a result of bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) and late blight (Phytophthora infestans). This affects the income of potato producers, threatens their livelihoods and negatively impacts on food security in the country. CEFFEL will seek, together with researchers and its members, solutions to manage the diseases and to mitigate their impact on potato productivity and the corresponding income of potato producers. They will explore and communicate:
- Opportunities for integrated late blight management, by combining minimal pesticides regimes with varietal resistance
- Support professionalization of seed potato sector through piloting of pragmatic seed potato traceability and market organisation
- Develop locally tailored decision making tools for the timing of planting and harvesting of seed potatoes
The research activities started in November 2016, and are expected to be finalized by the end of 2017.