The nursery's gardner with coffee plants
Our friends in Madagascar just retuned Dec 22 from a site visit to the villages and we wanted to send you a short update on the latest Zahana events (quick links to the right).
The potatoes provided by Zahana for the community of Fiarenana as a “seed fund” back in July ‘09 have been harvested. Since the price of potatoes has since plummeted they are mostly eaten by the families growing them and provide much needed food in the current “époque dure” or ‘hungry time’ before the rice harvest.
REVITALIZING THE NURSERY
Growing coffee and papaya seedlings is a success story in Fiarenana: 2,703 coffee seedling plants are under way to be planted. Each family was given between 20 to 370 baby coffee trees. 76 new papayas were also planted. Zahana decided to retain the gardener longer and pay him to grow more seedlings for the community. The village of Fiadanana received 150 coffee seedlings, as a goodwill gesture from their neighbors. Please see our website for more information.
Happy Holidays and thank you for your support
Ihanta, Jeannette and Markus
Coffee seedlings grown in Fiarenana's nursery