The garden is located in Fokontany of Ambalamisaony in the rural commune of Andranovorivato of the district of Vohibato, region of High Matsiatra. It is located 36 km south-west of the city of Fianarantsoa. The garden is managed by the inhabitants of a hamlet i.e. four families comprising a total of 30 people. The area contains two types of land: the rice fields for rice production, dry season crops and traditional fish farming; the “baiboho” (plains located around rivers and rice fields) designed for seasonal crop production of maize, beans and sometimes vegetables. The “baiboho” is quite dry and needs to be irrigated traditionally in order to grow vegetables. Farmers working on these plots of land also practice fish farming along with rice production. They use nutritive feeding systems to produce big Tilapias and royal carps (widespread fish species in rural Madagascar). They get their fish supply from Atalata ampano producers or from their own rivers. The fish production is generally intended for family consumption. The communities who work in these gardens produce the following crops: beans (phaseolus vulgaris, leguminosa), maize (zea mays,graminae), carrot, cabbage, “baranjely”, “voapoa” (solanum indicum, solanaceae), “anatsonga” (Brassica chinensis, crucifera), “akondro” (musa sapientium, musaceae), “paiso” (amygdalus persica, irosaceae), “paraky”, “pibasy” (eroibotrya japonica, rosaceae), rice (oryza sativa, graminaea), cassava (manihot tilissima, euphorbiaceae). Their production is mainly intended for family consumption and the surplus is sold at the markets of Ambalavao and Andoharanomaintso.
Fokontany of Ambalamisaony, rural commune of Andranovorivato, district of Vohibato, region of High Matsiatra