Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

by Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int
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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
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests
Help Farmers Rear Silk Moths to Restore Forests

Project Report | May 17, 2010
New textile and farmers taking off

By Catherine Craig | CPALI President

Jean Argent with adult A. suraka
Jean Argent with adult A. suraka

Dear Friends,

The news from CPALI is all good - Farmers are appearing out of everywhere it seems to participate in our program. Even farmers who "do not like conservation" are setting up their own nurseries to work with CPALI/SEPALI as well as the conservation minded farmers. This is tremendous step forward but has also resulted in a lot more work for the team which is extended to its limits. I am encouraging the team to look for local people who might help us and who we can hire. I had to "forbid" Mamy from going into the field next week - he is recovering from malaria. The team has been getting sick mainly because during the missions they have been eating what ever was available locally, rice and greens and water and they need more to be able to work (as do the farmers we are introducing to the program) . So in the future, the team is going to need to take porters, sleeping nets, more food to make their trips more effective etc. Mamy has helped organize SEPELI Farmer Associations in multiple villages who have elected a president. The president's are individuals that come to Maroantsetra frequently and can take information back to the farmers. Everyday there are many farmer visitors to our demonstration site in Maroantsetra - and it get's better!

Marie Jean, Denis and Mamy have now found an area in the south where there are many Argema mittrei - this is quite fantastic because Argema is the second species that we want farmers to rear and it produces a silk that is even nicer than suraka, according to some buyers. With all the good news, I am hoping to find philanthropic investors. The idea is that a philanthropic investor will get a return on their investment - but not a venture capital return - a return over a longer time period. The term currently in vogue is "patient capital investment" and is the approach taken by the Acumen Fund. Our goal is to set-up a lasting business for the area.

On the US front, we have just signed an engagement letter (pro bono) with an IP law firm who is helping us file a provisional patent for our non-spun textile! James Toupin, who has just joined the CPALI board on his retirement from being head council in the US patent office, helped set this up. Needless to say we are thrilled.

GlobalGiving is having a one day fund drive, 16 June, and will be matching all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project for projects on the www.GlobalGiving.org at 50% match. Please help us raise funds by giving generously and contacting friends an family. A 50% match is as good as it gets and we REALLY need an influx of funds to meet current and increasing demand for CPALI/SEPALI assistance.

Please donate on 16 June - Mark your calendar not to mention add a beep reminder to your black berry, iphone, computer.

All the best,

The CPALI/SEPALI Team

Mamy meets with new farmers
Mamy meets with new farmers
On the way to the village
On the way to the village

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