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Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have watched CPALI flourish in Madagascar since 2007, when it started as a tiny team of American and Malagasy entomologists trying to determine which native silk worms existed in the isolated northeastern region of Madagascar, what their food plants were, and other fundamentals of their ecology so as to better understand prospects for effective rearing, as an alternative source of local income generation to aleviate pressure on surrounding protected areas. I have been extremely impressed with CIPALI's evolution since I last visited the project in December 2009. CPALI has added skilled local staff, effectively strategized how rural farmers could rear silk worms as a sustainable source of income generation that also encourages native tree planting, and identified prospective international markets for their beautiful organic silk. CPALI is a rare example of “conservation enterprise” that gives local farmers a financial stake in respecting and maintining protected areas for the benefit of future generations. CPALI Director Dr. Cay Craig has incredible vision. This project deserves all the help and support we can offer it!

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

Mamy, a Malagasy entomologist who has grown into an highly skilled manager of the project and Denis, a wonderful rice farmer and local tree nursery specialist who is learning to train farmers in the region to plant host trees and rear silworms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I was a professional working in conservaiton and community development in the norhteastern region of Madagascar.