By Stuart Cable, Mamy Tiana Rajaonah, Feno Rakotoarison and Paul Wilkin
Reduced yam production in Northern Madagascar after delayed rainfall in the early part of the 2016-17 rainy season: a contrast between Ambanja and Antsirana 1 districts.
Our 3-year Darwin Initiative funded project promoting the cultivation of yams in Madagascar for conservation of edible wild yams and community livelihoods closed at the end of March 2018. We have been very pleased with our success in working with communities to cultivate and conserve many of the wild species that people harvest from forests and depend upon as staple starch foods during the ‘hungry’ periods between subsistence crops. One of these species is the endangered (EN) Dioscorea orangeana (ovy jia) that is only known from 3 locations in the far North of Madagascar: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/66769994/0. It is a popular food on sale in the city of Antsiranana and beyond in the dry season. The endemic Dioscorea sambiranensis is also popular http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/66770279/0 and is near threatened (NT). Lire la suite Reduced yam production in Northern Madagascar after delayed rainfall