Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests



Sustainable management of the Makira Forest requires changes in the practices of local subsistence farmers. CPALI teaches them silk rearing that bolsters family income by 60-200% and restores habitat.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Madagascar faces an environmental and economic crisis. Its own people, in struggling to survive, are destroying the country's unique biological heritage. Compensatory subsidies, previously used to dissuade farmers from encroaching on protected areas are not sustainable and stifle farmer independence. We seek to extend a proven, locally implemented, methods of wild silk production and give 300+ families living near the Makira protected area access to profitable markets.

How will this project solve this problem?

Maintain CPALI demonstration site. Construct 5 more demonstrations in new villages near Makira. In each village provide 5 farmers with 1000 host plants, 9000 moth eggs. Provide on-site instruction & technical support for two years.

Potential Long Term Impact

Economic uplift for subsistence farmers, their families and communities during a difficult period in the history of Madagascar and in the survival of critically endangered wildlife.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $50,794

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $50,794 .  The original project funding goal was $50,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Project Leader

Robert Weber

Project Leader
Lincoln, MA United States

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