USAID In Action | Madagascar

Speeches Shim

Last updated: October 05, 2021

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.

June 28, 2021

The once-every-17-year cicada hatching cycle inundating life along the United States’ East Coast this year is something one researcher is trying to reproduce in Madagascar with crickets — every day — to fight malnutrition. One-third of Malagasy households lack adequate food at any given time and nearly half of children are malnourished. Families cannot access affordable protein-rich foods and are forbidden from hunting the unique animal biodiversity endemic to the island.

April 27, 2021

Day after day, for 15 years, he has kept watch over his village, Andravindahy, in southwest Madagascar. Abotono, 56, is one of the thousands of community health volunteers who provide basic health care services to the country’s rural areas. His absence would be missed. To reach a health center, people would have to walk for two hours across cactus fields under a burning sun. Like other community health volunteers, he provides short-term family planning methods, prenatal care, and diagnosis and treatment of simple cases of diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria. 

October 19, 2020

Since June 2019, 87 women have been working with the USAID Mikajy project to establish sustainable market gardens where they grow a wide range of produce, such as onions, tomatoes, and cabbage, for their own use and for sale.The women have learned new, conservation-friendly farming methods that promote minimal land use and cultivation of healthy soils. They have also been equipped with tools, such as watering cans and shovels.