Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

by Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int Vetted since 2009


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.

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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.


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.

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.

Additional Documentation

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


WCS activities in Makira
Conservation International activities in Makira
National Geographic video on Makira
Report on Silky Sifaka

Organization Information

Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int

Location: Walla Walla, WA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Robert Weber
Project Leader
Lincoln, MA United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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