Project titleFarm school of Tambohomandrevo
Fianarantsoa, ”good education” in Malagasy, is considered as a cultural and intellectual center. Yet there are many children and young people on the fringes of the mainstream education system who have little prospects for the future. The country’s political and economic difficulties have led to widespread misery and many peasants in the area have abandoned their land for the city. Few of them have been able to improve their living conditions and their children generally do not have the financial means to pursue training, so they find themselves marginalized.
Yet with knowledge, in farm management, in agriculture and livestock, and a good consideration of the potential and the limits of natural resources, it is possible for these young people from farming culture to return to the lands of their parents and exploit them in a profitable and sustainable way. This is why, in 2006, the NGO Bel Avenir created the farm school of Tambohomandrevo in partnership with the Spanish foundation Agua de Coco.
About the project
In the current political context, the Malagasy State cannot support the running costs of the school, which therefore depends mainly on external subsidies. ASED has invested in the means of production: poultry farming, agriculture, infrastructure (conference room, boarding school) and covered, between 2012 and 2014, the running costs of the school, allowing to train two yearly promotions i.e. 160 young people, 80 boys and 80 girls aged 16 to 23. This intervention allowed the school to develop its financial independence. The school produces for its own consumption, sells agricultural and livestock products, organizes paid tourist visits and leases its infrastructure for seminars and conferences.
The project has a positive effect on the direct beneficiaries who will then be qualified to pursue a professional activity. It also benefits their families and their village communities through the economic development generated.Finally, the diffusion of environmentally friendly agricultural practices improves the sustainability of agricultural production and thus also food security in the Fianarantsoa region.
2012 – 2014