SEPALIM offers a lifeline when all other markets have crashed
By Catherine Craig - CPALI Director
Farmers weighing cocoons
The market situation in Madagascar right now is pretty dire for farmers as it is for many of us. Since the vanilla market has crashed once again, there is no way to earn money except through the sale of cocoons to SEPALI Madagascar. Sustainably gathering or farming cocoons is far better than harvesting forest resource and easier. As a result, Mamy reports that the cocoon program has become a lifeline for many.
Farmers area able to earn money by selling 6 different types of cocoons to SEPLAIM and SEPALIM has been stockpiling them for the future use. Furthermore, because SEPALIM is working with 5 different species of moths, it purchases cocoons 8 out of 12 months in the year. The largest number of purchases are during May, July, August and September, months that correlate with the lean season in Madagascar and when farmers are most in need. Hence, SEPALIM's greatest expense is salaries to its workers and second greatest expense is cocoon purchase. We may be small but we think that is pretty good for a conservation and poverty alleviation program. We are especially grateful to our donors for supporting this work. Thank you.
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