Sustainable Development

Agro-Ecology in Madagascar

2009Ep523 mins

Madagascar is the fifth largest island in the world, where more than 60% of the population survives on less than one euro a day. Malnutrition affects half of all the children under three years of age. With agricultural productivity at an all time low, the problems of the land and its people are increasing.

To counter the problems linked to poorer soils, the Malagassy authorities have called on international experts to develop sustainable agriculture. They are now employing ecological techniques, such as direct sowing (DMC) to improve productivity and slow erosion. Despite the good intentions of various international aid organizations, the country’s political instability doesn’t help in creating harmonious and sustainable development in local agriculture, to the detriment of the Malagassy population.

Video Language: English