The congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Aosta in Madagascar wished to continue the work of collaboration with Electriciens sans frontières which had been created in 2012 on a previous project. This new cooperation concerns an agricultural training centre at Anamalahitsy, which will train for a period of a yearyoung people from poor families in efficient and ecological farming techniques. After graduating, the centre offers themt he chance to join an agricultural community in Andranovelona with their families to practice farming on a plot of several hectares managed by the congregation.
This shift of population, often with few professional outlets, from the city to the countryside, is the highlight of this project. However, its success is conditioned by the implementation of optimal conditions for welcoming these families. This includes irrigation of arable land and access to energy.
Electriciens sans frontières is setting up irrigation of arable land in the agricultural community and access to clean water for all inhabitants through the construction of two water towers and two solar power stations that will each supply a pump.
Volunteers are also installing solar lighting and electrification of homes, of the livestock buildings and site facilities (15 rooms, one kitchen, two toilets) as well as the communal premises including two pre-school classes for young children.
All of these buildings will be powered by 3 solar photovoltaic power stations and a distribution network.
In total, 30 families (nearly 180 people) will be able to cultivate the areas provided by the congregation. Beyond getting out of the insecurity that they suffered in the city, their farming work will contribute to their ability to feed themselves and allow them to sell the surplus. Easy access to irrigation water through solar pumping will ensure regular harvests regardless of periods of drought.
11 homes will have electricity. Access to energy will also include a pig farm, a goose and poultry farm, plus the entire agricultural site and the two classes reserved for young children.
The congregation will train families to diversify crops by promoting five profitable crops to generate income by selling overproduction of foodstuffs directly in local markets and to some wholesalers in the region.
Electriciens sans frontières will take care of training three technicians during the implementation to take care of facility maintenance when the work is complete.
A fee will be paid collectively to the water and electricity management committee through community farm income.