5 May 2021
Dr Mamy Tiana Rajaonah
KMCC Livelihoods Team Leader
Biological inventory, ethnobotany surveys, Dioscoreaceae taxonomy, forest restoration, agroforestry, rural development, plant species conservation, ecology, molecular biology, community development
I lead the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre Livelihoods team.
My research has mainly focused on Malagasy yam species since 2001.
My master’s degree was about the ethnobotanical, biological and ecological study of wild yams species in Menabe region and my PhD thesis was done on ethnobotanical, molecular and virus disease study of cultivated yams species of Madagascar.
I have participated in several inventories of Malagasy wild yams species in many localities across the island through numerous projects and with different research institutions, such as the University of Antananarivo, FOFIFA, KMCC, PBZT.
I have been part of the team for the extension of yam cultivation in Madagascar since 2005 with the SAHA Program and the University of Antananarivo and other institutions and I have managed the technical part. I have already worked with some institutions developing the cultivation of wild yams species.
I’ve been working at the Kew Madagascar Conservation Centre since 2015 and have managed different projects about Malagasy wild yams species conservation in different regions and Agroforestry and forest restoration in Menabe region.
I’m currently involved on three projects based on Livelihoods and agroforestry.
- PhD on life and environmental sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Antananarivo, 2015
- Livelihoods Team Leader, RBG Kew Madagascar, 2015-present
Sustainable yam markets for conservation and food security in Madagascar
Increasing incomes and enhancing nutrition from wild and cultivated Malagasy yams to enhance livelihoods for rural communities and conserve wild yam species threatened by over-harvesting and habitat loss
Productive Pasture Partnership
Native grass forage management to feed people and protect forests
Biodiversity protection using badges and yam plantations
Supporting community livelihoods and protecting biodiversity on the Montagne des Francais Protected area via tuber-based agriculture and wild yam collector registration.