Vocational Training and Agricultural Productivity Improvement Programme (FORMAPROD)

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Vocational Training and Agricultural Productivity Improvement Programme

The goal of FORMAPROD is to contribute to an increase in the income of smallholder farmers through professional and vocational training, leading to higher productivity and improved marketing of agricultural products.

The target group consists of 2.7 million households in 13 regions – a total of 7 million people, or 20 per cent of Madagascar's rural population. FORMAPROD specifically aims to support vulnerable groups, with special attention to uneducated youth and young women who are heads of household.

The programme's three primary components include:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Agricultural and Rural Training
  • Operationalizing the regional system of rural and agricultural training, and ongoing vocational training, including the National Council for Agricultural and Rural Training
  • Increasing agricultural productivity.

FORMAPROD will work directly with IFAD-supported projects to identify and train young farmers, agricultural technicians and extension agents, and to support continuous vocational training in all 13 regions. For the other activities, especially investments to improve agricultural infrastructure, the programme will select 6 to 12 ‘production poles'. These catchment areas are to be defined by agro-climatic and socio-economic criteria, including population density and rural poverty.

Status: Ongoing
Approval Date
03 July 2012
2012 - 2023
Total Project Cost
US$ 83.68 million
IFAD Financing
US$ 46.29 million
Co-financiers (International)
Spanish Fund US$ 18.83 million
Crisis Response Initiative US$ 3 million
Co-financiers (Domestic)
National Government (add) US$ 2.73 million
National Government US$ 7.92 million
Beneficiaries US$ 3.88 million
Financing terms
Highly Concessional
Project ID
Project Contact
Joseph Rostand Olinga Biwole

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Apprenticeship learning and the inclusion of young people in nonagricultural rural activities under a national agricultural and rural training strategy - Reflections on scaling up a pilot experience in Madagascar

June 2011
IFAD’s efforts to promote the innovations launched by its programmes are illustrated here with an analysis of activities to strengthen non-agricultural rural apprenticeships under the Support Programme for Rural Microenterprise Poles and Regional Economies (PROSPERER) and the future Vocational Training and Agricultural Productivity Improvement Programme (FORMAPROD)1 in Madagascar.