SuLaMa - Madagascar

Participatory research to support sustainable land management on the Mahafaly Plateau in southwestern Madagascar

Duration: 2011-2015

Funding:Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

PhD theses:Tobias Feldt, Pascal Fust

More information about the project: Project website


Ahlers F., Feldt T., Brinkmann K., Schlecht E. 2016. The Potential of Silver Thicket (Euphorbia stenoclada Baill.) as Dry Season Supplement Feed for Pastoral Herds in Southwestern Madagascar. Proc. Xth International Rangeland Congress, 16-22 July 2016, Saskatoon, Canada.

Feldt T., Antsonantenainarivony O., Schlecht E. 2017. Feed selection on dry rangelands in southwestern Madagascar: Implications for ruminant nutrition in view of ecological and social challenge. Journal of Arid Environments 144, 81-90. DOI 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2017.03.009

Feldt, T., Neudert R., Fust P., Schlecht E. 2016. Reproductive and economic performance of local livestock in southwestern Madagascar: Potentials and constraints of a highly extensive system. Agricultural Systems 149, 54-64. DOI 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.08.007

Feldt T., Schlecht E. 2016. Analysis of GPS trajectories to assess spatio-temporal differences in grazing patterns and land use preferences of domestic livestock in southwestern Madagascar. Pastoralism 6, 5. DOI 10.1186/s13570-016-0052-2

Fust P., Schlecht E. 2018. Integrating spatio-temporal variation in resource availability and herbivore movements into rangeland management: RaMDry - An agent-based model on livestock feeding ecology in a dynamic, heterogeneous, semi-arid environment. Ecological Modelling 369, 13-41. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.10.017

Fust P., Schlecht E. 2022. Importance of timing: Vulnerability of semi-arid rangeland systems to increased variability in temporal distribution of rainfall events as predicted by future climate change. Ecological Modelling 468, 109961. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.109961