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Pushed to the edge

Kazy and Soarohy growing crops / ALT

Kazy and Soarohy growing crops / ALT

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining. The stories are from four communities:  Ilafitsignana; Ambinanibe; St Luce and Petriky and were recorded by community members and staff from our partner, Andrew Lees Trust.

Pushed to the edge testimonies

Constand: middlemen control everything

Constand from St Luce, Madagascar - “I believe that the fact that fishermen do not have many buyers for their lobsters makes them vulnerable to the price controls of middlemen… [which] is devastating to our income...”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Olina: money talks

Olina from St Luce, Madagascar - “only someone who is richer, or has money, can be heard in the village.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Fanja: forest is forbidden

Fanja from St Luce, Madagascar - “It is amazing how a forest growing in our region can become the property of foreigners. Right now, local people need authorisation to cut down trees.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Sorahy: education is crucial

Soarahy from Petriky, Madagascar - “In the past, people did not have to worry about finding ways to sustain the lives of their families. Now it is the primary thought that each individual has.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Kazy: rains aren’t coming

Kazy from Petriky, Madagascar - “We have all abandoned the practice of our ancestors to use, boil and prepare medicinal plants.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Zanaboatsy: needing the forest

Zanaboatsy from Petriky, Madagascar - “All my belongings are sold in order to take care of my family, and I still cannot provide enough for them to eat.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Sambo: life goes on

Sambo from Ambinanibe, Madagascar - “My life used to be good, just like everyone else's in the village. I lived off fishing activities.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Jean-Claude: we are not livestock

Jean-Claude from Ambinanibe, Madagascar - “We inherited land from our ancestors... [But] I don't think my children and grandchildren will enjoy it.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Rosette: story of change

Rosette from Ambinanibe, Madagascar - “These foreigners (QMM)...should have at least given fishermen access to Ankitsikitsiky.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Bruno: hotter and hotter

Bruno from Ilafitsignana, Madagascar - “Our lives depend on the rivers in Ilafitsignana. Since agricultural production is not enough to sustain us, we turn to the rivers to find resources to sell.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Say Louise: when hardships started

Say Louise from Ilafitsignana, Madagascar - “My father farmed his ancestral land here. Farming was prosperous in the past because land was abundant and fertile.”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

Sirily: working for foreigners

Sirily from Ilafitsignana, Madagascar - “Fishing activities give people more flexible time to work around their house [whereas] I must work every day, otherwise I won’t receive a full salary...”

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar. In their own words, the indigenous people of Anosy, the Antanosy, describe their lives in the face of climate change, food insecurity and rapid development due to mining.

These life stories are from the Anosy region of southern Madagascar.

Testimonies

Constand: middlemen control everything

Olina: money talks

Fanja: forest is forbidden

Sorahy: education is crucial

Kazy: rains aren’t coming

Zanaboatsy: needing the forest

Sambo: life goes on

Jean-Claude: we are not livestock

Rosette: story of change

Bruno: hotter and hotter

Say Louise: when hardships started

Sirily: working for foreigners

Key themes

Background to the region

The project and partners

Rivers and the sea

Forests

Land and compensation

Farming and food security

Environmental change

Livelihoods

Economic conditions

Health

Cultural and social change

Communications and power relations

Local development

The future