FOOD SECURITY, A PRIORITY ISSUE TO PROTECT FORESTS
Seeds of change
The “Seeds of Change” project aims to fight against food insecurity and thus protect the unique biodiversity of the Makay Protected Area. Thanks to rice fields and school vegetable gardens, local communities are trained in new techniques in agroecology. Community granaries are installed to guarantee stocks throughout the year. The products of the vegetable gardens feed the school canteens promoting schooling.
An emergency context
The island of Madagascar isexceptional biological richness. Unfortunately, the vast majority of its forest cover having disappeared, this unique biodiversity can only be found today in rare, preserved environments such as Makay, a spectacular massif of ruiniform sandstone that has become a true safe for nature.
The temporary but increasingly sustainable and regular settlement of groups of villagers in the forests of Makay - deforesting entire plots and harvesting lemurs, tubers, palms and firewood - today constitutes the most serious impact on sensitive natural habitats and the unique biodiversity of this region.
These population movements are due to periods of famine themselves mainly due to a total dependence on rice. The latter, vulnerable to disease, locust invasions and climatic hazards, requires a lot of water. However, in recent years there has been a drastic decrease in rainfall in the region. Thus, the villagers are forced more and more frequently to take the path of the forest to find something to eat and survive.
"Fight against famine and allow food diversification for the populations of Makay"
- Fight against famine and allow a varied diet
- Stop deforestation and prevent poaching subsistence
- Raise awareness and train communities growing a variety of seeds
- Train residents in SRI, an alternative rice-growing technique that uses less water and offers better yields
- Mitigate inflation the price of rice by guaranteeing stocks
- Offer free daily meals to schoolchildren
In every village, at least 4 local farmers will be recruited. Under the responsibility of the project manager, they will first join a training structure in agroecology for several weeks.
Once trained, they will be responsible for set up a rice field in IRS (Intensive rice cultivation system) and a school vegetable garden. These devices will in turn make it possible to raise awareness among residents of the value of this new rice-growing technique and of crop diversification.
For each locality, a cook will be recruited and then trained by professionals. He will then train the villagers to cooking new vegetables produced.
Together, the cook and some volunteer villagers will ensure the preparation and distribution - free of charge - of meals in the school canteen. A building will be built in each village allowing food storage and necessary kitchen equipment (also provided).
Granaries will be built so that the villagers can store part of their rice crops there and buy it during lean periods at the same time as at harvest time.
In each beneficiary village, the total cost of setting up this project is estimated at € 35,000.
We need to finance the construction and equipment of 1 school canteen and 1 community granary, the development of 1 rice field and 1 school vegetable garden as well as the salaries of the project manager, farmers and cooks but also trainers. and specialized technicians, team travel expenses, etc.
- 50€ : 1 month of school canteen for 5 children
- 200€ : 1 month salary of the project manager
- 4 000€ : 1 operational community granary
- 8 000€ : 1 operational school canteen
- 10 000€ : 1 operational school rice field
- 13 000€ : 1 operational school vegetable garden
- 35 000€ : 1 beneficiary village (includes 1 rice field, 1 vegetable garden, 1 granary, 1 school canteen, all salaries included)
"Food diversification as a solution to stop deforestation and avoid subsistence poaching"
In each village, this project will directly benefit:
- The different teams hired (farmers, cooks, technicians and trainers, etc.) as well as their families,
- Over 100 schoolchildren to whom a free school canteen will be offered - which will relieve their families even more - and who will thus have the right to education and no doubt a less precarious future,
- All the villagers (between 200 and 1000 people depending on the village) who will be able to benefit from seeds and free training provided by local farmers and trainers employed by the association and thus improve the diversity and yield of their own plots.
Why support us?
- participate in the protection of biodiversity
- contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture
- fight against malnutrition
Who we are
Naturevolution, at the origin of the creation of the New Protected Area of Makay, is today the mandated manager by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Madagascar.
In order to respond to all the threats to the massif, its biodiversity and its populations, the association is deploying an ecosystem of complementary initiatives ranging from awareness-raising, to humanitarian aid, through agro-ecological diversification, the development of sustainable economic alternatives such as ecotourism, but also scientific research and reforestation.
We are still looking for funding for this project.
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