Support to Integrated Farming


The project has helped set up innovative and environment friendly agriculture technologies in eight islands. Photo: Masrah Naseem/ UNDP Maldives 2012.

With the main objective to strengthen economic resilience of island communities and vulnerable groups including women and youth, this project builds on the first phase of Support to Integrated Farming Project (2008-2010) during which innovative and environment friendly agriculture technologies such as auto-pot farming systems, medium scale poultry facilities and high-quality, standardized food processing projects were successfully set up in eight community islands. The main strategy involves building up on the successes and lessons learnt from past interventions to expand and commercialize innovative farming and mari-culture ventures in local communities. To this end, the project aims to assist at policy level in strengthening the sustainability of livelihood activities through expansion, commercialization, knowledge exchange and market integration through private sector partnerships, as well as building the overall institutional capacity of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.

Our Work

A beneficiary of the Haa Alif Baarah island poultry project – such community level engagements require policy level support for sustainability. Photo: Masrah Naseem/UNDP Maldives 2012.
  • The community level integrated farming and value addition activities (Autopot farming, poultry and chilli sauce production) which were successfully demonstrated with UNDP support in eight island communities were used as a baseline for the Ministry to scale up and replicate such initiatives with other donor support, as a result of which these farming avenues have seen considerable progress in the past few years.
  • UNDP worked closely with the Ministry in introducing the concept of cooperative societies to island communities and successfully establishing Cooperatives that are better capacitated to engage in and expand business ventures.
  • UNDP supported the development of feasibility studies on the commercialisation of poultry, Autopot and chilli sauce production activities in order to enable private sector engagement in these activities at commercial level.
  • UNDP helped achieve successful market linkages between community NGOs/cooperatives and the private sector.
  • UNDP supported MFDA and MoFA in the initial steps towards development of a standardised quality control system and local certification system for agriculture and value added products.
  • Knowledge materials for mari-culture activities were developed with UNDP assistance, which can be used by interested private sector parties in taking up commercial mari-culture initiatives.


TOTAL US$ 471,744
YEAR  2011
UNDP (TRAC funds) US$ 223,000
YEAR  2012
UNDP (TRAC funds) US$ 131,619
YEAR  2013
UNDP (TRAC funds) US$ 94,000


YEAR  2011
UNDP US$ 189,869.39 (85.1%)
YEAR  2012
UNDP US$ 130,065.36 (98.2%)
YEAR  2013
UNDP US$ 96,000 (102.13%)
Project Commenced:
January 2011
Estimated End Date:
December 2013
Geographic coverage:
Focus Area:
Policy and Inclusive Growth
1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
Programme Focal Point:
Athifa Ibrahim
Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture and Marine Research Centre
Related Documents
Fact Sheet