Words from yam farmers of Madagascar

Over the past three years, the innocent Foundation has partnered with Feedback Madagascar to support a project aiming to develop yam cultivation as a sustainable income-generating activity for target communities.

We’re really excited about the impact that this project has had and, whilst we’d happily sit here and share all the details with you, we thought these people would do a better job…

Over to you, yam farmers of Madagascar:

  Yam farmer marohita

‘I harvested about 2 tons last yam harvest. We ate 1 and a half, kept 150kg for seed and distributed 350kg to other members. We ate yams non-stop for 6 months and didn't feel hungry at all during the 'hungry season' and whilst we were house-building.’
Ralaikoa Jean Baptist from Soafanolo, Ambohimahamasina Commune.

Rapinaivola's wife & daughter

‘As we only produced 60kg we kept all of it for seed for the 2012-13 season. We became convinced of the benefits of yam farming after seeing results that other yam farmers got after being trained. Yams are a fantastic food for children, making them chubby!’
Rapinaivola from Soalazaina, Sendrisoa Commune (Rapinaivola's wife & daughter are pictured above).

Cooked yam

‘We harvested 1,800kg in the last yam harvest, which we ate for 5 months (…). I'm satisfied with the results we got and love yams as they're easily digested and healthy. My family continually try to improve the yam recipes we use, for example making yams into baby food or mixing them with different vegetables or beans.’
Rahaovalahy Samuël from Antsahabe, Sendrisoa Commune (there's a photo of some cooked yam above).

Ramana & children 

‘I gained 100,000 Ariary from selling yams: enough to pay for school kits for my 4 children.’
Ramana "Rawily", Chief of Fokontany (pictured above with two of his children).

If you’d like to hear more about Feedback Madagascar, click here. And you can find out more about the innocent Foundation and the projects we work with here.