Marine and Agricultural Resources Support (MARS) Programme

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Marine and Agricultural Resources Support Programme

Marine and Agricultural Resources Support (MARS) Programme

This programme is designed to improve the livelihoods of the most vulnerable households in Mauritius, particularly those dependent on marine resources, sugar cane production and employment in the textiles industry. Its target groups are:

  • Small-scale fishing communities on both Mauritius and Rodrigues Islands, including women who fish for octopus on Rodrigues
  • Unemployed textile workers
  • Small-scale sugar cane farmers and labourers
  • Households affected by natural disasters or epidemics.

The programme supports the government's reform agenda by demonstrating improved practices in development implementation. It introduces sustainable marine resource management and helps poor households in coastal communities establish profitable enterprises that do not put the resource base at risk.

In addition, the programme investigates and develops alternative activities, such as small-scale aquaculture of octopus and varieties of lobster, crab and clam, and small-scale seaweed production. Producers are being trained to ensure that these high-value marine products meet the standards of the luxury hotels on the islands.

Finally, the programme works to improve farm productivity and diversify rural livelihoods by helping poor rural people establish profitable non-farm enterprises and acquire skills to gain employment in other areas.

Source: IFAD

Statut: Clôturé
Date d'approbation
24 avril 2008
2008 - 2013
Développement agricole
Coût total
14,93 millions d'USD
Financement du FIDA
6 millions d'USD
Cofinanceurs (Échelle nationale)
National Government 6,92 millions d'USD
Conditions de financement
Conditions ordinaires
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Référent sur le projet
Nadine Dominique Ms Gbossa

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