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By Brett Shapiro, Assefa Woldeyes, Harifidy Ramilison, Andrianiainasoa Rakotondratsima, Benoit Thierry

As sped up urbanization widens the distance among wealthy and terrible and inhabitants progress turns into a world phenomenon, key techniques selling rural monetary improvement have to be applied. This ebook covers the development of a improvement initiative in Madagascar that enabled a zone struggling with power drought and famine to supply nutrients and develop into the area's breadbasket. operating with local community, the venture brought elevated new cultivations, plentiful harvests and enhancements in infrastructure, media entry, schooling and well-being. this is often an fundamental ebook for improvement practitioners, NGOs, farmer institutions and scholars in rural economics and comparable topics.

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Humidity shifts to aridity, lush greens lose their lustre, fading to duller shades on flatter terrain as the mountains recede. Fewer people, a slower pace, harsher light and landscape, more extreme. But less life? Hardly! Villages composed of one-room wooden or mud structures topped by thatched roofs are clustered regularly on the red dusty earth, and set back from the road, camouflaged among clusters of dense cacti. Children are out and about, spinning fantasies and games from the most insignificant object – a twig, a pebble, a water bottle cap – as only children can do.

The only difficulties we have are certain technical ones – for example, insufficient canals to bring the water to the fields due to irregularities in the terrain and during droughts some fields cannot access water anymore. But in terms of 53 the organization of the association, there are no problems. The term of my mandate as President is five years. After that, there will be a meeting of the association to renew membership and select new leaders. I could be a candidate again, however. Missions and roles of a water users’ association The water users’ association (WUA) has two missions: maintaining sound operations of the water networks; and assuring an appropriate use of land and water in the interest and for the sole purpose of the members of the association.

Despite the heavy drought of 2006, 13,000 tonnes of rice were produced, which was sufficient for the area’s 130,000 inhabitants. Overall, the Upper Mandrare River Basin is once again becoming the “grenier à riz” of the Anosy and Androy regions thanks to the efforts made by the PHBM over the past 12 years. There were challenges, successes, failures, lessons learned. The chapters that follow will explore the evolution of the project in more detail, taking a look at some of the main activities that were introduced to – and ultimately “owned” by – the villages and communes.

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