Makira, Madagascar... the forest for the trees here
Canadian journalist Anjali Nayar, a frequent Dispatches contributor based in Nairobi, trekked into the hills of Madagascar for Nature magazine, and came back with an award- winning feature.
Canadian journalist Anjali Nayar is co-winner of The IUCN - Reuters - COMplus Media Award, "a worldwide competition in environmental journalism." Earlier she was a nominee from one of six regions of the world.
Anjali's piece is about a forestry project that will "enable wealthy countries to meet their emission targets, whilst the money generated will provide locals with food and livelihoods so that the forest can be saved." Here's an excerpt:
Madagascar is one of the wealthiest countries in terms of biodiversity, but its people are among the world's poorest. Around 85%of the population live below the World Bank's $2-a-day poverty line and most rely heavily on the country's natural resources.
The hilly countryside is scarred by slashand-burn agriculture, locally known as tavy. Once people fully exploit the fertile river valleys, they head uphill, clearing the forests to cultivate rice, the country's staple food. These rain-fed fields are harvestable for only a few seasons before productivity drops and villagers clear new land for their crops.
Anjali wrote her piece while on a fellowship with Nature Magazine, which also led to a report for Dispatches from the rainforest of Bhutan.
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