Improved chicken farming and protection against predators
Traditionally, the chickens in Menabe are not regularly supplied with food, water, and medical care. This form of chicken farming is not very effective. The chickens often grow very slowly and are routinely affected by diseases such as avian influenza and Newcastle disease. Chickens and ducks are an essential alternative source instead of protein of wild endangered animals. Improving poultry farming, therefore, contributes to creating alternative sources of income, sustainable development, and biodiversity conservation.
With the help of workshops and training, we help local families to improve chicken breeding and learn the necessary skills. Moreover, we provide the materials required to start an enhanced chicken farm and help to build robust chicken coops that offer proper protection against predators such as the fossa.
Project: Fatana Mitsitsy (Fuel efficient stoves)
Sustainable practices communicated via the mobile cinema during awareness campaigns are aimed to become fixed in the local communities. To do so we organise and conduct workshops for capacity building and transfer practical knowledge into the communties. One example are ecological stoves, called Fatana Mitsitsy. Most households are still using charcoal and firewood for daily cooking. although alternative methods exist, they spread only slowly in Madagascar. You can download a summary of this project as pdf here.
What is a Fatana Mitsitsy?
Fatana Mitsitsy or ecological stoves save 60-80 % of firewood or charcoal compared to traditional stoves. Furthermore they emit much less harmful carbon monoxide, which results from incomplete combustion of charcoal and firewood in traditional stoves used for cooking in many regions of Madagascar.
They are therefore not only reducing the amount of forest consumption, but provide benefits in terms of time, money and health for their users. Lastly, their everyday use leads to fast adoption by locals. They see the benefits of using the stove within one day of cooking. The stoves are self-constructed stoves and we promote the knowledge to build them with local materials. For profit made stoves exist as well in Madagascar, but only small part of the population can afford such stoves.