USAID In Action | Madagascar

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Last updated: December 02, 2021

December 2, 2021

From colorfully patterned radiated tortoises to sea cucumbers, Madagascar’s wildlife ranks among some of the most poached on the planet, with much of the island’s plundered natural resources headed for China. A new program launched in October by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aims to undermine illegal wildlife trafficking and the corruption that helps it flourish.

November 15, 2021

For over two decades Amiko Philberte has helped people in her community access family planning services and lead healthier lives, first as a radio host, and later, as a peer educator and journalist. Recently, her reporting for Radio Antsivabe has focused on the rights provided to Madagascar’s women and girls under a revised national family planning and reproductive health law.

October 26, 2021

Meet Jean Claude Tafita (pictured clapping), a vanilla farmer and President of the Mahavelona Cooperative from Anjialavabe in the Sava Region of Madagascar—a coastal area where much of the world’s natural vanilla is sourced. Unfortunately, like many regions in Madagascar, Sava is currently grappling with deforestation and the negative effects of climate change. Despite these hardships, Tafita, along with hundreds of vanilla cooperative members and the local community, recently had a big reason to celebrate.

October 5, 2021

Madagascar’s incredible biodiversity is slowly disappearing as communities resort to destructive farming practices to cultivate their land. Many of the people responsible are subsistence farmers experiencing food insecurity, who raze forests to make room for more crops. The problem with this “slash-and-burn” approach to agriculture is that it depletes the soil after just a few seasons, forcing farmers to move to a new plot of land, leading to ever more devastation, and leaving behind a landscape that has been stripped bare. Climate change and economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic have worsened the situation. Today, at least seventy-five percent of Madagascar’s citizens live below the poverty line.

September 28, 2021

Inside the protected area of Menabe Antimena is Madagascar's largest dry forest--45% of which has disappeared in only the last 10 years due to massive deforestation, fires, migration, illegal maize cultivation, corruption and irresponsible private interests. Menabe Antimena is only one of the critical natural resources that the USAID Hay Tao program is working to protect.