TIKA supplies 30k Arabica coffee seedlings to Madagascar
December 23 - 2022
Coffee Geography Magazine
Madagascar receives 30 thousand Arabica Coffee seedlings as a part of the “Support for Coffee Growing Project” from TIKA, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency. The seedlings to be planted on the 150 acre land in the regions of Ambositra and Fandriana which are 270 km away from the capital, Antananariv. Along with the seedlings, 60 tons of fertilizers, shovels, watering pots, and agricultural equipment were also provided to the project. A thousand people is expected to participate in the project.
Attending the ceremony for the delivery of the equipment, Regional Senator of the Republic of Madagascar, Rasolondrantsimba Raymond Nala thanked the Republic of Türkiye and TİKA for their support. The coffee farmers are expected to benefit from the specialty coffee varieties brought to the country.
Expressing that it will contribute significantly to Madagascar’s economy, particularly export and employment, Turkish Ambassador to Antananarivo, Ishak Ebrar Çubukçu said, “We have a saying in Türkiye: “A cup of coffee will be remembered for 40 years.” I hope that the relations of fellowship between Türkiye and Madagascar will be further strengthened and maintained forever with the coffee seedlings provided.”
The coffee grown in Madagascar is primarily the lower grade Robusta coffee beans although there is an increasing amount of higher grade Arabica coffee now being cultivated in the country. Currently about 90% of Madagascar coffee production is Arabica.
The country is located off the southern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean and is the fourth largest island in the world. It has a diversity of ecosystems from rainforest to desert. Slash-and-burn practices have denuded about ninety-five percent of the country's original forest cover. The coffee industry was largely freed from regulations and rose to more than 400,000 bags of coffee annually. Madagascar's success with other high-value crops such as vanilla has created optimism that Arabica coffee cultivation will increase in the future eventually entering Madagascar into the specialty coffee market and creating significant revenue for the country.
USAID has worked to regenerate Madagascar's coffee industry in poor areas by helping Arabica coffee farmers succeed. The effort has included new processing and training centers for farmers providing new techniques for everything from cultivation to roasting and emphasizes sustainable farming methods.