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Mirana Rakotosamimanana

Nikita Gurudas

program manager

Fisherwoman makes waves to protect Madagascar’s coastal resources

November 22, 2022
In 2020, Victorine attended a leadership training organized by USAID through Hay Tao (‘know how’ in Malagasy), a five-year project working towards effective community-based management and...

Photo story: In Madagascar, sustainable tourism goes farther with USAID Hay Tao

September 28, 2022
In Madagascar, more than 1.5 million people rely on the tourism sector for their livelihoods. USAID Hay Tao is working to improve the sector's sustainability.

Illegal farming is harming Madagascar's biodiversity. Here’s what USAID Hay Tao is doing to stop it.

August 4, 2022
Famine in Madagascar’s dry southern region is driving migrants northwest to the fertile Menabe Antimena area. This designated protected area  is home to Madagascar's largest dry forest, iconic baobab...

“We have to put in the money now”: An innovative fund in Madagascar rallies sustainable support for biodiversity

July 21, 2022
Madagascar is home to around 5% of the world’s biodiversity, but as one of the world’s poorest countries, biodiversity is under severe threat. Complex forces are at play: famine in the country’s...

'The moment to act is now’: Pact’s Hanta Rabefarihy reflects on a career protecting Madagascar’s natural resources

March 7, 2022
In Madagascar, the fourth most vulnerable country to climate change, Hanta Rabefarihy is working “to leave a legacy of hope for the future” as she approaches her retirement. “As a woman, I feel that...

Pact receives grant to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar

February 28, 2022
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Pact a three-year, $4.5 million project to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar. Child labor in mining is one of the worst forms of child labor...

Photo story: Protecting Madagascar's biodiversity

September 1, 2021
The Hay Tao project works with local communities to protect the environment.

Environmental justice and advocacy to save Madagascar’s largest dry forest

August 18, 2021
USAID Hay Tao, part of the larger Conservation and Communities Project, is creating an enabling and empowering environment for effective community-based management and protection of Madagascar’s...

Photo story: Healthy environments, better lives

December 28, 2020
In communities around the world, Pact is improving lives and protecting the environment at the same time, because the two go hand in hand.
Mahazomana Evens (Photo: Pact)

For a dedicated student in Madagascar, a RISE scholarship sets a path to success

September 22, 2020
Mahazomana Evens grew up in a large, modest family in the village of Mitriaky, in Fort Dauphin, near the southern tip of Madagascar. His mother and father farmed and fished to support their eight...