The European Union is financing Dahari between 2017 and 2020 through the project “Extension of the agricultural development model promoted by Dahari to the three islands of the Union of the Comoros, and support to the municipalities of Anjouan in their territorial development “, following a first project wich was financed between 2014 and 2016. This project, whose overall objective is to reduce the poverty rate of the rural and disadvantaged populations, while preserving natural resources, will help 4,000 farmers. Training courses, distribution of improved crop varieties, events such as fairs to help farmers to sell agricultural products, exchange and field visits are planned.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is supporting Dahari until February 2018 for the purposes of terrestrial ecological research and biodiversity conservation, and, through Blue Ventures, our marine natural resource management initiative until end 2017.
The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a joint initiative of the French Development Agency, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the government of Japan, the MacArthur Foundation and the World Bank. Their fundamental goal is to guarantee that civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.
The Program for Franco-Comorian Co-development supports us between November 2015 and February 2017 with an empowerment project for 600 famers from 10 villages around the forest of Moya. This project aims to support them in increasing their income through the acquisition of better inputs, training in improved techniques, training in seed propagation, and the establishment of sales strategies for market garden crops.
It was in this context that the Bazaar Dahari was created to help producers to sell their produce and improve their revenues, and that the vegetative propagation technique known as PIF was taught in the villages to ensure agricultural independence, especially on bananas, the first product consumed in Anjouan. PFCC supported an initial agricultural development programme between 2013 and 2014.
This project with GEF-Satoyama Project seeks to consolidate a community-led model for landscape management for the Comoros, combining forest and biodiversity protection with agricultural and agroforestry development in 10 villages surrounding the Moya forest KBA in Anjouan. The project will support over 2000 farmers and thus 10,000 direct beneficiaries to improve their revenues from agriculture and agroforestry
The PAFTP (Support Project for Technical and Vocational Training) is a project of the Comorian Government, implemented by EPRD and funded by the European Union. The partnership project which has started in July aims to secure agricultural employment in Nyumakélé, Moya and Nganzalé regions. Accordingly, several activities will be created, including the implementation of demonstration plots, organizing training sessions, the contribution of improved inputs and training on agroecological techniques
Dahari and key international partners organized a working group for strategic planning for the 2015-2020 period. This working group was financed by WWF. WWF also financed marine natural resources management research in Bimbini during 2015.
The Franco-Japanese programme for sustainable development (PFJDD) supports us with the implementation of a forest community management model in Anjouan. This project aims to establish a community management system for a 100 ha watershed, to plant 30 000 trees in the area, to work alongside the authorities on this approach and to raise awareness of the programme in the Comorian population.
The PFJDD’s objective is to reinforce the actions taken under the Paris Climate Convention (COP21).
Beginning in 2014, The General Counsel of Reunion and the European Regional Development Fund financed the project entitled, “Support for the program for sustainable management of the forest of Moya on Anjouan, Union of the Comoros: reinforcement of the agricultural capabilities of the NGO Dahari.” This program was implemented by CIRAD as part of the Reunion Program for Territorial Cooperation, 2007-2013.
The Australian High Commission on Mauritius, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has given us a grant to carry out agricultural support in the villages of Lingoni and Bimbini to improve the food security of 300 farmers. This support includes fighting erosion, intensification of food production, development of market gardens, and strengthening the capabilities of management committees.
The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund supports Dahari in a project for the protection of Livingstone’s fruit bat roosts. These bats are found only on Anjouan and Moheli. The mission of this philanthropic foundation is to support small, local conservation initiatives with the goal of safeguarding endangered flora and fauna.
The Mohamed Bin Zayed Foundation Species Conservation Fund supports a Dahari pilot project for the protection of Livingstone’s fruit bat roosts (bats found only on the islands of Anjouan and Moheli). This philanthropic endowment provides support for endangered species conservation initiatives as well as recognising leaders in the field of wildlife conservation; and integrates wildlife into the conservation debate.
The Rufford Foundation is supporting Dahari in 2015 in their conservation work aimed at the Livingstone’s fruit bat. This English foundation subsidizes conservation projects undertaken by small-to medium- sized organizations in developing countries.
The Darwin Initiative selected Misbahou Mohamed, former assistant coordinator of the ECDD project and interim director of Dahari, for a prestegious fellowship for 2013-2014. Misbahou spent four months working with conservation and rural development NGOs on Madagascar and six months in England to learn English and to take a course on conservation with our partner organisationDurell.
The Darwin Initiative is a British government grants scheme which aims to help countries with rich biodiversity but weak financial resources.
The United States Embassy on Madagascar finances the extension of the irrigated perimeter of Pomoni through the Ambassador’s Special Self Help Program. The goal of this project is to bring water and better agricultural techniques to the area to improve market gardening production. With this extension, 50 new farmers now have the benefit of water access.
The Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation, Conservation International and IUCN/SCC Primate Specialist Group have supported Dahari’s lemur research since November 2014. Funds for the project come from the Primate Action Fund which is financed by the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation and managed by Conservation International and IUCN/SCC Primate Specialist Group.
In 2013, Kinship Conservation Fellows selected Hugh Doulton, technical director of Dahari, as one of 18 fellows from all over the world. Hugh participated in a month-long training programme in the US focused on leadership and market-based conservation.
The Swiss Embassy on Madagascar aided us with the financing of our market garden and potato cultivation campaigns in 2013.
The British High Commission, Mauritius, supported us in our out-of-season potato cultivation program in 2013.