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Sustainable Livelihoods

Did you know that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world? Most Malagasy people have to rely on the land to scrape a living through agriculture and fishing, struggling to earn enough money to feed themselves and their families. Where we work, in the isolated Anosy region of southeast Madagascar, poverty levels are amongst the highest in the country with a serious lack of employment opportunities, particularly for women.

Average annual income for an agricultural household in Anosy is 686,000 Ariary (approximately £170) – among the poorest in the country

INSTAT, 2010

Whilst SEED Madagascar first sought to focus on conserving endangered areas, it soon became clear that we could not protect the environment without also considering the people who depend on these resources on a daily basis. SEED Madagascar now works to develop sustainable employment and business opportunities for local people, providing them with skills that can also be passed on to future generations.

Current projects

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Stitch Sainte Luce

Teaching embroidery, language and business skills to local women, to provide a sustainable livelihood.

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Renitantely

Working to improve the sustainability and viability of beekeeping as a livelihood amongst rural communities in the Anosy region.

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Oratsimba

Encouraging community-based, sustainable lobster management in isolated and impoverished Sainte Luce.

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Seeking funding

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Mivoatsy

Using a holistic approach to development, increasing access to family planning and health services, improving livelihoods and community nutrition, and reducing pressures on natural resources.

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Completed projects

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Mitsinjo

Developing livelihoods, improving health and facilitating conservation through agro-forestry, beekeeping and fuel-efficient stoves.

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Varroa

Working to build the capacity of rural beekeepers in preventing, identifying and treating hive infestations of the varroa mite across the Anosy region.

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