Cocoa project in Ambanja, Madagascar

Bôndy is a social enterprise that is active in the field of reforestation in Madagascar. At Bôndy, we believe that in order to reforest Madagascar effectively, we must analyze and address the causes of deforestation. Undeniably, the main reason for deforestation in Madagascar is due to human activity. Therefore, Bôndy made a concrete plan where we place the local populations at the heart of our projects. We are trying to create substitutes to the remaining primary forests in all regions of Madagascar by planting high valued species that will bring economical and environmental benefits for the local populations. All of our projects are driven by the desire to help Madagascar protect its most unique treasure and help local populations by giving them new alternatives and education related to environmental consciousness.

The Project
The district of Ambanja, located in the northwest of Madagascar, is a very fertile area that is sadly threatened by deforestation. The high rate of deforestation there is explained by the practice of slash and burn agriculture, the use of firewood and the production of charcoal in rural areas. To tackle this issue, it is therefore necessary to improve the living conditions of farmers.

Cocoa production is an important activity in the region, with considerable economic potential. For this reason, the goal of this project is to work with the beneficiary farmers to establish cocoa plantations using the agroforestry model. Thus, cocoa trees will be cultivated with other high value tree species. Cocoa production under this model will allow degraded lands to regenerate and farmers to diversify and improve their sources of income.

As part of this project, in addition to the economic aspect, several initiatives will be carried out at the social level to build the farmers ' capacities :
-Raising awareness on environmental issues (deforestation and climate change);
-Setting up a farmers' field school : to strengthen the technical capacities of farmers in cocoa cultivation, to enhance farmers' food security by training them in market gardening techniques and to strengthen their resilience to climate change;
-Financial education: to train farmers to manage their financial resources.