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April 30, 2010

CPALI has recognized that the issues of environmental preservation and poverty alleviation are inextricably linked—to improve the habitat around subsistence farmers living near endangered habitats, the people need alternatives to traditional farming practices that could be accommodated by the pace of natural restoration, so long as population density was low. Starting from that premise, CPALI has invented, adapted and is now deploying technologies well suited to redress the ecological and economic conditions in Madagascar. It is a brave undertaking that has been pursued effectively by the whole CPALI organization, with important contributions from the beneficiaries who live near the Makira Protected area, the field team based in Maroantsetra, Madagascar, the design and commercialization team based in the US and scientific and commercial partners from around the world. Managing this far flung enterprise, in the face of the recent political unrest in Madagascar, has required diligent coordination, careful budgeting and skillful execution that is unusual in so young an organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Madagascar, where I watched the team come together and saw the tough conditions and in the US where I watched the marketing and product development steadily advance towards sustainability.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wholeheartedly supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to other, pan-tropical environs and include other social services along with its enterprise teachings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Board Member & Financial officer.