Foire Internationale de l’Agriculture 2019: focus on education for sustainable and inclusive agriculture in southern Madagascar with the publication of the children’s book “Le soin de la terre” by Tozzi Green Book

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Tozzi Green took part in the third edition of the International Agricultural Fair – FIA (12-15 September 2019, Forello Expo Tanjombato) to present its agricultural activities in Madagascar, the actions it has taken to enhance the vast expanses of land in the south of the country, and the socio-economic impact of its presence in the territory.

Tozzi Green welcomed visitors in an exhibition space of 36 m² and presented exclusively the editorial project entitled “Le soin de la terre”, which addresses agriculture and the use of renewable energy. The book, which is intended for children attending primary school, tells the story of the great efforts made to render the red earth of the Ihorombe region, which is subject to erosion and forest fires, fertile again. The goal is to educate young people to take care of the land and to explain to them the importance of renewable energy (both solar and wind) in the process of modernizing agriculture and improving their daily lives.

Tozzi Green counts mainly on its technical expertise, which has allowed it to become one of the largest maize growers in Madagascar, with a yield of over 20,000 tonnes per year. The commercial farming enterprise practices mechanized agriculture on more than 6,000 hectares of land, adopting specific farming methods to restore and preserve degraded soil.

The book illustrates the techniques implemented and the various phases that, over a period of five years, have made it possible to restore the fertility of the soil of Ihorombe and increase the maize yield.

With this editorial project, Tozzi Green highlights the importance of educating the local population to understand the environmental and economic implications of a respectful use of the land. The objective is to ensure the maintaining of a series of correct methodologies aimed at guaranteeing the food autonomy of the people, the protection of the land from burning, the recovery of waste to be used for feeding livestock and possibly for the production of energy, as well as a potential expansion of food/industrial crops to improve people’s living conditions.