The ARChE_Net network regroupes 31 partners from 7 countries in the Indian Ocean zone: Australia, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Reunion Island, South Africa and Union of the Comoros.


South Africa


Contact: Dr. Abel RAMOELO





Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

CSIR is a South African research and development agency established in 1945. It works on multidisciplinary research topics and on technological innovation in order to improve the quality of life of South Africans.

The department of natural resources and environment helps, in particular, the local and the national programmes on the following themes: climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, invasive species, water resources, air pollution, and erosion.

The geographical scope of the activities includes the neighbouring countries and oceans, as well as some parts of Africa.

Contact: Dr. Solomon Tefera BEYENE


 Fort Hare University (FHU)

The University of Fort Hare is a university institution located in the Eastern Cape Province in the town of Alice, 50 km west of King William's Town. The Livestock & Pasture Science Department is a university research unit focused on improving the profitability and sustainability of livestock production and ecosystems through better use of plant, animal and natural resources.


Contact: Dr. Christian Sabelo GAJANA


 North West University (NWU)

The NWU is a multi-campus university based in two South African provinces: North-West and Gauteng provinces. The university was established in 2004 through the merger of two universities. NWU offers students a wide range of study choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level, from academic disciplines, agriculture and the arts to commerce, engineering, education, health, law, the natural sciences and theology.

Contact : Dr. Ignatius V. NSAHLAI

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 University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)

The University of KwaZulu was founded in 2004 by the merger of the University of Natal (founded in 1910) and that of Durban-Westville (founded in the 1960s). It has 5 campuses in this province. The “College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science” is located on the Pieter Marizburg campus.


Contact: Dr. Abubeker HASSEN


 University of Pretoria (UP)

The University of Pretoria was established in 1908 and gained the “University” status in 1930. It offers a wide range of courses: economic and management sciences, education, engineering, information technology, health sciences, humanities, law, natural and agricultural Sciences, theology and veterinary science.



Contact: Dr. Uday NIDUMOLU


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency, one of the largest and most diverse scientific institutions in the world. It works on a wide range of topics, such as food and agriculture, on crop and livestock production sustainability, but also on climate change due to greenhouse gas emissions and on the adaptation to climate change.



Contact: Dr. Michael FRIEND


Charles Sturt University (CSU) – Wagga Wagga campus

CSU is a multi-campus university located in New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory and Ontario, in Canada. Agronomic Science has been taught on the Wagga Wagga campus for more than 100 years. Other courses offered at Wagga Wagga include Animal Science, Veterinary Science and Science Most of the courses are in both on-campus and by distance, allowing therefore people who are unable to attend the university campus in person to study.

Contact: Dr. Graham O’HARA



 Murdoch University – The Center of Rhizobium Studies

The Centre for Rhizobium Studies at the University of Murdoch undertakes research and training on nitrogen fixation by legumes.  They focus in particular on improving the production of legumes and solving problems threatening the use of legumes in agriculture. This requires to focus on the complementarity between legumes and the type of climate, soil and production systems, and the integration of rhizobia in ecological, physiological, molecular and genetic symbiotic terms. The centre is working on the identification and description of a new rhizobia to develop inoculant strains. Given the essential nature of symbiosis for the adaptation of pulses, the study focus on the development of legumes for agriculture, particularly adapted to acid and sandy soils. Work on the Lebeckia perennial plant in Western Cape, South Africa, is an example of advanced study.



Contact: Suresh GOKHALE


Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation (BAIF)

The BAIF Foundation is an Indian NGO, a pioneer in research and development, based on a sustainable and integrated approach of rural families through development in agriculture, livestock production, water resources, health and various non-rural activities as tools for job creation for landless families and for the rehabilitation of tribal communities living on degraded lands.



Contact: Dr. Anthony WHITBREAD



International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

The international crops research institute for the semi-arid tropics undertakes scientific research for development in the countries of the South. Its mission is to fight against hunger, poverty and environmental degradation in the semi-arid tropics through more efficient agriculture. It focuses, in particular, on a partnership approach, an inclusive approach oriented towards the needs of farmers, women and young people. It specifically focuses its research and efforts in the process of making profitable the agricultural activity for farmers as a mean of subsistence, and competitiveness on the international markets.

 Contact: P.S.P. GUPTA


National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (NIANP)

The Institute, situated at Bangalore, conducts research on animal feed resource management using physiological-nutritional approaches to improve animal productivity and profitability of livestock farmers.

Contact: Komireddy Kondal Reddy


P V Narsimha Rao Telangana Veterinary Institute (Sri PVNR)

Sri PVNR is a university based in Hyderabad in the Telangana District. It offers degree, master and doctoral courses in animal husbandry and veterinary medicine with 18 different departments. The main objectives are to provide education, to promote research, according to needs, and to provide training to farmers through technology transfer.



Contact: Isabelle HANTANIRINA



Situated in the Antananarivo, the capital city of Madagascar, this department, opened since 1963, proposes 5-year courses’ programs on agriculture, agro-management, environmental resources, livestock and agro-industries.

Contact: Vololoniaina RAMALANJAONA


FIompiana FAmbolena MAlagasy NORveziana (FIFAMANOR)

FIFAMANOR is a research centre for rural development in agriculture and livestock, based in Antsirabe. It contributes to the diffusion of agro-ecological techniques in the Vakinankaratra region thanks to an important network of extension officers. It is also involved in the development of cropping methods helping the soil fertility’s regeneration and in the slash-and-burn farming in highlands. FIFAMANOR is the only Malagasy institute to work on wheat, with also a seed production unit.



FOibem-pirenena ho an'ny FIkarohana ampiharina ho FAmpandrosoana ny eny Ambanivohitra (FOFIFA)

FOFIFA is an applied research centre oriented towards rural development created in 1974; it is the most important agricultural research institute in Madagascar. It has different research departments, including the Zootechnical and Veterinary Research Department (DRZV).


Contact: Fabrice LHERITEAU



Founded in 1976, GRET is an international development NGO, governed by French law, which is active from the land to politics, with the aim to fight against poverty and inequalities. Its professionals provide lasting, innovative solutions for fair development in the field and work to positively influence policy. Its professionals work on a range of topics in order to bring sustainable and innovative solutions for solidarity development. In Madagascar, GRET operates in 144 municipalities in 13 regions: Diana, Sofia, Analanjirofo, Analamanga, Antsinanana, Itasy, Vakinankaratra, Amoronimania, Haute Masiatra, Vatovavy-Fitovinany, Anosy, Androy, Atsimo Andrefana.

Contact: Tahina RAHARISON


Groupement Semis Direct Madagascar (GSDM)

GSDM is an organization regrouping different institutes involved in research, training and diffusion or conservation agriculture or no-till farming in Madagascar. GSDM works at the national level and in all the agro-ecological regions of Madagascar.



Contact: Thierry BECQUER


Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)

The IRD is a French research institute emphasizing interdisciplinary research. It focuses its research for over 65 years on the relationship between man and its environment in Africa, Mediterranean, Latin America, Asia and the French tropical overseas territories.


Contact: Lilia RABEHARISOA


Laboratoire des Radio-Isotopes (LRI)

LRI is part of Antananarivo University and has two research units: one on the soil and the climate changes and one on the bioavailability of nutrients and a soil, plant and water analysis unit.



Malagasy Dairy Board (MDB)

Malagasy Dairy Board was established in 2004 by the Ministry of Livestock (APRM) with the support of FAO to have a single contact in the dairy sector and to coordinate the activities in the sector better.
The aim of the MDB is to promote and coordinate the development of the milk sector in Madagascar by participating in the process of defining and coordinating the national dairy policy in Madagascar; by promoting the implementation of this policy; by defending the interests of its members.
Formed as an Economic Interest Group (EIG), it operates around an associative life and can carry out commercial operations in case of need.




Contact: Olga FAFETINE


Instituto de Investigação Agrária de Moçambique (IIAM)

IIAM is a public research institute that works on agricultural research, development and extension services in Mozambique. The different departments are: Agriculture and Natural Resources (DARN); Animal Sciences (DCA); Training, Documentation and Knowledge Transfer (DFDTT); Management and Coordination (DPAF).


Contact: Saskia HENDRICKX


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

ILRI is an international agricultural research institute based in Nairobi, Kenya. It focuses its research on building sustainable livestock pathways out of poverty in low-income countries. ILRI works to ensure the goods and the participation of small farmers in the market and to improve smallholder and pastoral productivity, conducting its research work in East, West and Southern Africa, in South and Southeast Asia and China. ILRI's research is delivered through three research themes: Biotechnology; Markets, Gender and Livelihoods; and People, Livestock and Environment.

Contact: Dr. Mário MUNGOI


Centro Universitário de Changalane, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (CUC-UEM)

UEM, based in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, was created in 1962 and remained until recently the only university in Mozambique. It offers a large range of courses from bachelors to PhD. Among the different departments, there is one on agriculture and forestry and one on veterinary science.
CUC-UEM was created in 2001 to establish a centre of excellence for the transfer of agricultural technologies and in the near future courses in Animal Production will also be proposed. The centre has 870ha of land, 100 cows, goats and forage banks.


Réunion (France)


Contact: Alex MICHON


Association Réunionnaise de Pastoralisme (ARP)

ARP or Pasture Association of Reunion Island is in charge of the land planning program, management of pasture areas and development of forage production in the highlands of Reunion Island. For their members, the association implements land improvement work, such as land clearing or planning, consultancy on sustainable pasture management (fertilization, harvesting and rotational grazing) and machinery for forage production.

Contact: Emmanuel TILLARD


Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD)

CIRAD is a French research centre, a public industrial and commercial enterprise (EPIC), working with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture. CIRAD's activities involve the life sciences, social sciences and engineering sciences, applied to agriculture, food and rural territories.

Contact: Chloé ALISON


Fédération Régionale des Coopératives Agricoles de la Réunion (FRCA)

FRCA is a trade union regrouping the different Reunion Island’s agricultural cooperatives. It represents a total of 61 organizations, federating as well the cooperatives for the agricultural equipment which are distributed throughout the island.

Contact: Jacques LEPETIT

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Société d'Intérêt Collectif Agricole Lait (SICALAIT)

SICALAIT is the dairy cooperative of Reunion Island that was created in 1962. It collects the milk of 120 dairy farms and sells it to three milk processing companies. It also provides agro-services to its members on different issues: feeding management, development projects, manure management, heifers unit, etc.

Contact: Charles-Emile BIGOT


Société d'Intérêt Collectif Agricole Réunion Viande (SICAREVIA)

SICAREVIA is a cooperative for beef farmers in Reunion Island, established in 1979. It regroups 320 beef farmers on Reunion Island. About twenty people specialized in cattle production support farmers with their advice and services.

Contact: Jean-François HOARAU


Université de la Réunion, Centre d’Economie et de Management de l'Océan Indien (UR-CEMOI)

CEMOI, or Centre of Economy and Management of the Indian Ocean regroups researchers from economic and management sciences of the Reunion Island’s university. This research unit has been created in 2010. Its objectives are to carry out academic research as well as applied research for and with local, national and international partners, favouring issues linked to Reunion Island and the Indian Ocean.


Union of Comoros

Contact: Hugh DOULTON


ONG Dahari

The Comorian NGO ‘Dahari’ (meaning sustainable/long-term) has been recently created from the ECDD project that ran between 2008 and 2013 (see They are based on the island of Anjouan and their mission is 'To accompany local communities in their agricultural development and sustainable management of their natural resources for the benefit of man and biodiversity'. The three initial areas of intervention are rural development, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
Contact: Charafouddine ONZADE

Direction Nationale d’Elevage et Santé Publique Vétérinaire (DNESPV)

DNESPV is a public institution which has the mission to watch and control the epizooties and animal diseases within the Union of Comoros’ territories.
The institute is composed of three departments: Veterinary Public Health, Animal Genetic and Animal Production.



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