•                                   SEPALI Madagascar : Community-based Silk Producers Association                               



    SEPALI Madagascar works closely with farmers,to identify develop and implement new ways of income generation. Our mission is to protect areas of high conservation value by linking the economic livelihoods of poor rural farmers to environmental preservation.

    To do this, SEPALI has identified multiple species of native, silk moths that produce commercially viable silks, and we have designed techniques for intercropping the moths endemic, host plants in gardens, border forests and abandoned pastures. Farmers who plant 200 trees in which to rear larvae can increase their average income by 30% after two years. 

    When other members of the farmers family participate in product finishing, income gains will increase between 40-60%.

    We are currently working with farmers and communities who have been economically displaced from the Makira protected area in North-Eastern Madagascar. 

    Our approach conserves habitat while at the same time providing a vital source of income for the local community. 

    This project is the first, empirical test of the ability of small-scale enterprises to contribute both to environmental goals and to poverty alleviation.

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