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 countryINSTAT, 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. We work to develop sustainable employment and business opportunities for local people, providing them with skills that can also be passed on to future generations.
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Teaching embroidery, language and business skills to local women, to provide a sustainable livelihood.Stitch Sainte Luce
Working to improve the sustainability and viability of beekeeping as a livelihood amongst rural communities in the Anosy region.Project Renitantely
A pilot project teaching women how to make and use reusable Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) sanitary pads.Project Mahampy: MHM
Developing livelihoods, improving health and facilitating conservation through agro-forestry, beekeeping and fuel-efficient stoves.Project Mitsinjo