Potential horticultural products to be promoted in the Indian Ocean Commission region for improving the nutritional situation
Consumption of horticultural products, including vegetables, fruits and pulses, is a win-win approach, as it adds value to horticultural products and human health through their nutritional value and income to producers. Promoting horticulture is an effective way to fight poverty, address consumer health and well-being, and provide new market opportunities for farmers and agribusiness. In the Indian Ocean Region, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has established the Regional Program for Food and Nutrition Security (PRESAN) with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The program aims to contribute to food and nutrition security and poverty reduction in the Indian Ocean region in order to promote better productivity, competitiveness and food products' inter-islands trade, as well as food and nutrition security. A major idea in the implementation of the PRESAN is to make Madagascar the Granary of the Indian Ocean and to improve the trade of food products between islands, in order to reduce the potential of food import from remote countries. To this end, certain value chains have been declared of community or regional interest. Vegetables, fruits and pulses are among these products. The objective of this study is to determine which vegetable, fruit and/or pulse value chains should be promoted to improve the nutritional balance of populations, improve regional trade and then contribute to each island's agricultural economic growth. This involves analyzing the production, real origins, potential and development of value chains in the Indian Ocean Region.
Ramananarivo, R., Raharinaivo, V., Talla Takoukam, P., Nugawela, P. and Ramananarivo, S. (2020). Potential horticultural products to be promoted in the Indian Ocean Commission region for improving the nutritional situation. Acta Hortic. 1267, 235-240
value chains, food, fruits, vegetables, pulses, community interest, regional trade, Indian Oceania, Madagascar, community development