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In 2005, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) launched an integrated rural development project in the Sofia region, with the objective of increasing rice yields by 100 percent. The APRA-GIR (L’Apprentissage Participatif Recherche Action pour la Gestion Intégrée du Riz) approach provides training to groups of farmers on alternative rice cultivation practices. Such practices include mapping, planning, using different seeds, fertilizers and water management amongst several others. In microfinance, the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance has established the Première Agence de MicroFinance in Madagascar (PAMF-Madagascar). Operating in both the rural areas and small cities, PAMF works closely with the Aga Khan Foundation's rural support programme to provide financial services as part of an area development project in the Sofia region.

 

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Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at Portugal's Academy of Sciences
08 May 2009 - Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Academy of Sciences, in Lisbon, Portugal

Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands Operations in Madagascar
15 September 2008 - The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance has expanded its operations in Madagascar to a new district with the opening of a branch in Analavory.

State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Madagascar
27 November 2007 - Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the State Banquet in Madagascar

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