The Young Rural Enterprises Project in Madagascar has helped double rice and maize yields, according to the African Development Bank.
Through 379 youth-owned enterprises, the project has enabled the development of 13,086 hectares of land and also achieved several successes in supporting livestock production.
The completion of the project and the implementation of its second phase, which will cover more regions, is expected to help achieve better food security in the project’s intervention zone.
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