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Massachusetts 01773
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Target demographics: rural farmers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 300 farmers build a path to a better future.

Geographic areas served: Madagascar

Programs: developing sustainable livelihoods through the cultivation of natural resources.

CPALI develops sustainable livelihoods for rural farmers through the cultivation of native resources. At CPALI, we work to build a partnership between local people and the environment and allow our farmers to experience the value in conservation.
CPALI has identified native resource farming as a new means of income-generation where few were available before. We have designed new products, including a non-spun textile made with local tools that sells for $100/ yard on international markets, as well as designs that can be marketed locally. Today, CPALI works with a continuously growing network of farmers’ groups representing 13 different communities and over 300 farmers. Together, our farmers have planted over 30,000 trees, reforested more than 75,000 square meters of buffer forest and produced over 40,000 silk cocoons. Our greatest accomplishment, although less tangible, is the foundation of trust we have built with our farmers. Our membership continues to grow by 40-50% per year.

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Watching CPALI in the past 3 1/2 years, I have been so impressed with its development. The idea is simple: If local people get value from the forest, they won't cut it down, thus saving the myriad of rare species that live there. But it's not so simple to show the local people how valuable the ... more »
My name is Nirina and I joined the SEPALI farmers group here in Ambinanitelo last year. It was really exciting for me to learn to sew the cocoons that are made by the silkworms, really exciting. The cocoon training allowed me to learn sewing techniques that I can apply to many different types of ... more »
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