Diversity Turn in Land Use Science - Madagascar

Diversity Turn in Land Use Science: The importance of social diversity for sustainable land use innovations using the example of vanilla farming in Madagascar

Duration: 2016 - 2021

Funding: VolkswagenStiftung

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Livestock as a means of income diversification. Many rural households in Madagascar keep livestock for food self-sufficiency, as insurance against shocks or to use their work force. This project compared the roles and functions of livestock keeping in households that are integrated in formally organized vanilla production with such families who operate outside the formal value chain. We wanted to clarify if differences in animal husbandry are explained by (non-)integration of households in the vanilla value chain, or rather by other factors.

Postdoctoral researcher: Dr. Jessica Andriamparany

Junior scientists: Stefanie Kunz, Joelson T. Heritiana


Andriamparany J.N., Hänke H., Schlecht E. 2021. Food security and food quality among vanilla farmers in Madagascar: the role of contract farming and livestock keeping. Food Security. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-021-01153-z

Andriamparany J.N., Heritiana J.T., Hänke H., Kunz S., Schlecht E. 2023. Market supply of livestock and animal products in north-eastern Madagascar – the role of the vanilla boom. Scientific African (19), e01526. DOI 10.1016/j.sciaf.2022.e01526

Kunz S., Hänke H., Schlecht E. 2020. Income diversification trough animal husbandry for smallholder vanilla farmers in Madagascar. Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development in the Tropics and Subtropics 121, 63–75. DOI 10.17170/kobra-202004061143