The Andoharena garden, about 1 ha, is along the national road no. 7, 45 km south of Fianarantsoa, going towards Tuléar. The beneficiaries have been gathered together in an association named “Asa Fa Tsy Kabary” (Working without speaking) since 2004, and they have already been involved in collaborative efforts, the most notable with the Norwegians to create the first biogas site in the Vohibato district.
With about 50 members, the community has 10 families. The association is communally involved in large projects like creating a pond and improving irrigation ditches for the land parcels. There are two types of land to make a garden in. The first are on hillsides (about 70 ares), sloping terraced land that can be cultivated in the rainy season when water is plentiful. The lands generally serve for growing vegetables and upland rice. The second (about 35 ares) are paddies for growing rice in the rainy season and off-season vegetables during the post-rice period. Organic fertiliser such as manure and compost is already in use among the beneficiaries, and the produce grown is: beans, manioc (manihot utillisma, euphorbiaceae), maize (zea mays, graminae), different kinds of onions (allium porum, allium odorum, allium cepa), sweet potatoes (ipomea batatas, dioscoreaceae), tomatoes (lycopersicum sp, solanaceae), “petsaï” (leafy vegetables of the Brassica family), « anamamy » (solanum nigrum, solanaceae), “sakaibe”, peaches (amygdalus persica, rosaceae), “pibasy” (eriobotrya japonica, rosaceae), rice (oryza sativa, graminae). The produce is mainly intended for consumption by the group and the surplus is sold.
Ambalavohomay sector, Andranovorivato township, Vohibato district, High Matsiatra region