works closely with farmers,to identify
implement new ways of income generation. Our mission is to protect
of high conservation value
by linking the economic livelihoods of poor rural farmers to
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.
other members of the farmers
participate in product finishing, income gains will increase between
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.