Until a few years ago, the village of Ilena, in the municipality of Fianarantsoa (south-east Madagascar) was a State quarantine hospital: many of the current inhabitants were confined to Ilena because they had leprosy, and they stayed here after the hospital was closed.
The village community garden is about one and a half hectares and is tended by a community of about 400 people who, until a few years ago, had no other source of income other than the sale of wood coal. The soil in Ilena is extremely fertile, the main crops that the community has decided to grow are corn, peanuts and pois de bambara (a local pulse variety). The community is already skilled in composting techniques and participates in the One Thousand Garden project to improve its farming techniques.
Ilena, Fianarantsoa province, Haute Matsiatra region