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Project title

Permapartner in Madagascar

Project Teaser

Permapartner is active in Madagascar. It supports small-scale farmers in transforming their farms into permaculture sites. This improves harvests, reduces their land use, the need for slash and burn activities and ends erosion damage. Through this, they indirectly protect the last natural forests in Madagascar by reducing the farmer's incentive to clear them.

Active countries

Key Figures

Project Results

Circa 10 hectares of abandoned farmland being recovered by the end of 2017. First areas in East Madagascar could be protected.

Vegetation type

Madagascar lowland forests, classified as tropical moist broadleaf forests (see overview of Madagascar's ecoregions in Wikipedia)

Climate conditions

Tropical rainforest climate (overview of classification in Wikipedia)

Funding Sources

Funding Government
Funding Internal
Funding Religious groups
Funding International Aid
Funding Private Sponsoring
Funding Inhabitants


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Organisation contact
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Permapartner works to protect the remaining forests of Madagascar by working with one of the causes of deforestation and habitat fragmentation: small-scale farmers. Traditionally, these clear forest patches so they can have access to fertile soil for their plantations. After a few years of use, the fertile layer is destroyed leading to poor crops and soil erosion. The farmers then clear existing forest and start again. Permapartner breaks this cycle by supporting the farmers with know-how and manpower, so they can implement permaculture techniques adapted to Madagascar and convert their farms into more permanent and productive sites.

With the active involvement of farmers and their communities, several measures are implemented in a complementary way: the soil is stabilised and terraced where needed, water catchment canals are created to help with irregular rainfall and increase water levels, native plant species are used to stabilise the soil and provide material for mulching and other natural techniques that improve the fertility and yields. In addition, to improve the nutrition and economic security of families, a mix of food crops is introduced to provide better, diversified harvests and create an extra that can be traded.

Permapartner trains the farmers, helps with the handwork and provides ongoing support. All this is done with local materials and manpower, in a collaborative way that makes the communities adopt the process as their own. The farmers adopt the techniques and, in turn, train others in their community. Much of the early work is a communal effort, meaning that mutual assistance becomes part of the approach and helps to spread it faster.


Partnerships & Collaborations

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Sustinova is a non-profit organisation based in Zurich, Switzerland, and devoted to promoting Sustainability in the NGO area.

As a partner, Sustinova provides operational support to Reforestation World in its public activities.

ETH Zurich - Chair of Ecosystem Management

The Chair of Ecosystem management at the ETH Zürich organised the Latsis Symposium ETH 2018 “Scaling-up forest Restoration”, on June 6-7 & 9, 2018.

Reforestation World collaborated with the link to NGOs, practitioners and others stakeholders in the field of forest restoration.