What is a Fatana Mitsitsy?
A Fatana Mitsitsy is what the locals call a stove. These highly efficient woodstoves go a long way towards sustainable energy access in the region.
How did you get involved in the Fatana Mitsitsy project?
WWF Madagascar has been working in the southwest since 1999 for the preservation of the Spiny Forest and on the development of a strategy that will limit the pressure on forests from fuelwood demand. I have been the head of a project aiming to provide a sustainable wood energy supply for Toliara, the region’s biggest city, since 2008. In 2013, that project was expanded to include promoting the use of Fatana Mitsitsy’s in the area.
Why is this project meaningful to you?
By encouraging the use of Fatana Mitsitsy’s, we can reduce the pressure on natural forests and help families save money and lead healthier lives. Yes, this action is crucial for conservation, but it is also important economically - for the people of Toliara. For many of them, poverty is an everyday struggle. These are the reasons why I have dedicated myself to this project and to this mission for the past 7 years.