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SEPALI - community based silk producers association

SEPALI - community based silk producers association

“SEPALI – Community-based Silk Producers Association” is a local spin-off of an international non-government organisation which provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and community-based enterprise groups introducing wild silk production and processing from silk moths raised on indigenous trees which can be intercropped with existing agricultural produce.

SEPALI is a local spin-off of an international non-governmental organization that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and community-based enterprise groups in Madagascar. By promoting the production and processing of wild silk from moths raised on indigenous trees, SEPALI conserves local biodiversity and secures farmers’ livelihoods. SEPALI teaches farmers how to intercrop the host plant for wild silk moths on their farms, trains them how to rear the larvae and teaches the community how to process the silk and produce unique, non-spun textiles. SEPALI then sells these textiles in the EU and US to generate foreign exchange. This creates jobs along the value chain and at the same time rehabilitates damaged areas in the border forests of the Makira Protected Area through the planting of host plants for the silk moths. 

  • Expand the number of farmer-led breeding cooperative networks from 8 to 10.
  • Initiate and establish larval rearing with 50 new farmers.
  • Increase the number of silk producers to 200
  • Training of textile workers in villages.
  • Continue textile production at the demonstration site.

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