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.
Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at Portugal's Academy of Sciences
Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance Expands Operations in Madagascar
State Banquet during the Golden Jubilee Visit in Madagascar
La Première agence de microfinance (PDF, français, 2.29MB)
La Fondation Aga Khan: améliorer la productivité de la culture du riz (PDF, français, 1.89MB)
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