Apiculture in Madagascar
Posted in Sustainability Channel
Protecting the green areas of our planet is one of Favini’s sustainability goals.
For years Favini has been involved in supporting environmental projects, in particular supporting Voiala, the project for the protection of the rainforest and biodiversity in Madagascar.
Thanks to the Voiala environmental and social sustainability project, Favini helps the community of Sahavondronina and the surrounding villages to regain control of their territory. Allowing them to become a model of sustainable development for other communities of Madagascar and by conducting training on environmental projects. These contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture, and supports the safeguarding of the forest through reforestation and strategies that promote ecotourism.
As part of the Voiala project, local populations are encouraged to start beekeeping activities. This new activity can be carried out thanks to the reforestation of the area which is now allowing bees to have an ideal ecosystem for their survival and also therefore for honey production.
Voiala and Favini for the beekeeping project in Madagascar
The Voiala project, with which Favini has been collaborating since 2009, is a microcosm of local community actions aimed, on one hand, at recreating and protecting the heavily exploited natural resources of Madagascar, and on the other hand, to raise awareness and train local populations of the African island to improve their way of farming.
The reforestation plan of the Voiala project in Madagascar ensures that the inhabitants of the villages are directly involved in the project to clear the soil from weeds, taking care to improve the soil with fertilizer and of the physical planting of local species that are reintroduced into the ecosystem of the island. These seedlings are grown initially in local nurseries and are later transferred to the reforestation areas for planting.
This project is part of the long term partnership between the Voiala Association-Madagascar, Averiko Onlus and Favini Srl. The project brings together both spheres of biodiversity socio-economics.
The return of bees to the villages involved in the reforestation program supported by Favini and Averiko Onlus is a good indicator of the success of the reforestation program. The insects have found a natural habitat suitable for their survival in the areas that had been previously destroyed, and are now restored following the reforestation program.
From a socio-economic point of view, honey production is an income-generating activity which is ideal as it can be carried out in the rural areas where the farmers of Madagascar already have a preliminary knowledge of beekeeping. Importantly the income obtained from the production of honey, farmers can – for example – finance the studies of their children.
In general, the Voiala project, with the support of Favini, aims to spread good practices in management and production of high quality honey, improving farmers’ skills on beekeeping techniques, identifying and solving any problems that may arise during this time.
Among the objectives of the Voiala association related to beekeeping, is the analysis to monitor the development as well as any problems encountered by beekeepers involved in this beekeeping and honey production project, following the training they received.
The beekeeping activity in Madagascar was started in 7 locations of the island: Sahavondronina Commune Rural d’Androy, Amboditanjona, Sariana, Ambohibory Commune Rural d’Alakamisy Ambohimaha, Sahamavo, Commune Urbaine de Fianarantsoa Ambalamarina Commune Rural Maneva and Andoharena Commune Rural Andranovorivato.
Recycled paper Shiro Echo for Madagascar bees
Favini supports the beekeeping project in Madagascar with the 100% recycled and zero-emission ecological paper Shiro Echo. Part of the income from the sale in the second half of 2020 of the new versions of Raw Black, Raw Grey and Raw Sand launched last June, were specifically allocated to this social initiative for the Malagasy community.
Shiro Echo is Favini’s ecological and sustainable paper thanks to the CO2 offsetting, the use of fibres that are 100% recycled and FSC Recycled certified. Furthermore, Shiro Echo is a totally recyclable and biodegradable paper.
An environmentally friendly paper not only because of its ecological content, but also for the support for the beekeeping project in Madagascar, which is financed directly by the sale of Shiro Echo. Using this ecological zero-emission paper you can lower the ecological footprint of packaging, high-quality publishing and design projects, whilst at the same time contributing to a social project.
You can download the reports from Madagascar and the latest update of 2020 on the Environmental Projects page.