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Changes in agricultural practices in response to climatic and demographic changes in the rice basin of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar

Razakavololona Ando, Tittonell Pablo, Rabeharisoa R. Lilia, Albrecht Alain. 2010. Changes in agricultural practices in response to climatic and demographic changes in the rice basin of Lake Alaotra, Madagascar. In : Proceedings of Agro 2010 : the XIth ESA Congress, August 29th - September 3rd, 2010, Montpellier, France. Wery Jacques (ed.), Shili-Touzi I. (ed.), Perrin A. (ed.). Montpellier : Agropolis international, pp. 925-926. ISBN 978-2-909613-01-7 ESA Congress. 11, Montpellier, France, 29 August 2010/3 September 2010.

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Abstract : Important changes in the productivity of lowland and upland rice are observed in the area around Lake Alaotra, the major rice basin of Madagascar, that compromise food security most seriously in a country that is already a net importer of this commodity. Current changes in management, as an adaptive response to shortening of cropping cycles, and higher production risks meet an increasing pressure on the land due to demographic growth in the region, largely due to immigration (Andrianjanaka, 2007). Less water available for irrigation and intensive erosion of hillside soils are the two major biophysical factors threatening the sustainability of irrigated and upland rice, respectively, in the region. The aim of this study is to analyse the impacts of climate change, its perception by farmers and the changes in agricultural practices associated to this as well as the role of the increasing population density. This paper presents some preliminary results on such changes.

Classification Agris : P40 - Meteorology and climatology
E51 - Rural population
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Razakavololona Ando, ESSA (MDG)
  • Tittonell Pablo, CIRAD-PERSYST-UPR SCA (FRA)
  • Rabeharisoa R. Lilia, Université d'Antananarivo (MDG)
  • Albrecht Alain, IRD (MDG)

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