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.
Madagascar’s remote southeast Anosy region is renowned for its rich biodiversity, but faced with extreme isolation and multifaceted development challenges, economic poverty overshadows environmental wealth. The majority of the population are subsistence fishers and farmers, depending entirely on natural resources to meet daily sustenance needs. Poor infrastructure, a national population growth rate of 2.8% per annum (World Bank, 2015), and decreasing access to land and marine resources have rendered traditional livelihood strategies unsustainable and inadequate, impacting on income, food security and nutrition. Livelihood challenges are exacerbated by a chronically under-resourced health system for which government spending is amongst the lowest in the world, at just 22 USD per capita (WHO, 2014). In areas where 65% of villages are more than 5km from even basic health facilities, the effects of unmet health and family planning needs perpetuate all dimensions of poverty (USAID, 2014).
Recognising the interdependence of social and environmental challenges, Project Mivoatsy will adopt a comprehensive approach to developing livelihoods, increasing access to health and family planning services, and improving community nutrition. Aligning with Population, Heath and Environment (PHE) methodology, Project Mivoatsy will increase the capacity of motivated beneficiaries to transition from subsistence agriculture to market-based livelihoods through enhanced production of moringa, fruit and vegetables. Sustainable livelihood development will be facilitated by collaborative producer networks, developing best practice techniques, and accessing local and regional markets in line with increased yields. The project will build robust community and regional stakeholder platforms to identify interlinked social and environmental challenges, and address emerging needs. At the community level, the project will strengthen the capacity of government health agents to deliver comprehensive healthcare across the range of key health issues. Wider community sensitisation in health and nutrition will equip families with skills and knowledge to better prevent common health ailments, while increasing demand for health services and nutritionally rich foods.
Currently seeking funding. If you are interested in funding Project Mivoatsy, please get in touch!