A New Agricultural training centre for the BARA- community of Madagascar!

A New Agricultural training centre for the BARA- community of Madagascar!

The population of Madagascar is made of eighteen ethnic groups. ‘BARA’ is an ethnic group who lives in the Region of Ihorombe in the south of the country.  Basically, these are ‘ZEBU’ (local breed of cows and bulls) raisers and some also involve in seasonal agriculture. This region has the world famous ISALO Mountains and the RANOHIRA and the water plays music falling from the mountains. On the other hand the literacy rate is very low and above 80% of the population live below poverty line.  This region is also known for its ‘DAHALO’, the ZEBU stealers.

In partnership with UNESCO and FORMAPROD (project funded by FIDA) we have started a new training centre for youth in this region. We have taken 90 young people from the region to be empowered in agricultural activities and basic training to take up entrepreneurship and become leaders in the region.

Madagascar has lots of potentialities particularly in agriculture. It is unfortunate to see that very little of it is used and thousands of its population are going hungry. Last year due to the famine, it was reported that people died because of hunger in the south of Madagascar.

We hope that this new initiative will empower some youth to become leaders in the agricultural sector and produce enough food for the people of Madagascar.

Bro. Edwin Joseph fsg

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