Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

 
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Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
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Argema mittrei

Argema mittrei
Argema mittrei, the comet moth, is CPALI's second target species and spins a beautiful, silvery cocoon (photo credit: Caroline Kenney). (view small | med | large | orig)

CPALI farmer Odette

CPALI farmer Odette
Odette, CPALI entrepreneur farmer, shows off silk moth food plant planted in garden. (view small | med | large | orig)

CPALI project beneficiaries

CPALI project beneficiaries
Farmers who produce 2 kg of cocoons earn enough money to send three chldren to school for a year. (credit K. Norvig) (view small | med | large | orig)

Wild silk textile

Wild silk textile
Non-spun textile is one of CPALI's first products and was designed at the team workshop in October 2009. The translucent cloth reveals CPALI's garden. (view small | med | large | orig)

Antherina suraka caterpillars

Antherina suraka caterpillars
These caterpillars produce the golden colored silk. They are native to Madagascar. All cocoons are collected before the larvae emerge. (view small | med | large | orig)

Early adopters

Early adopters
These farmers from the village of Ambodiovanghy, Madagascar, were the first to volunteer to raise silk moths on their land outside of the Makira Protected Area (view small | med | large | orig)

CPALI House

CPALI House
The CPALI demonstration site in Maroantsetra, Madagascar. Here villagers and tourists can see how to raise silk moths on host plants intercropped in a kitchen garden. (view small | med | large | orig)

CPALI Implementation Team

CPALI Implementation Team
(l-r) Mamy Ratsimbazafy (Field Director), Bertrand (Assistant), Mario Jaofeno (Assistant). They maintain the Demonstration site and teach farmers how to raise their own cocoons. (view small | med | large | orig)

Ambodivoangy Children

Ambodivoangy Children
Children along the banks of the Antainambalana River, Makira, Madagascar. (credit: K. Norvig) (view small | med | large | orig)

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Project Leader

Robert Weber

Project Leader
Lincoln, MA United States

Where is this project located?

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