In an interview with the MacArthur Foundation, the National Coordinator of the MIHARI Network, Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy, tells the story of MIHARI’s foundation and growth.
Founded in 2012, the MIHARI Network represents the voices of Madagascar’s small-scale fishers and promotes the equitable and sustainable management of marine resources through locally managed marine areas, or LMMAs.
In 2014, MacArthur awarded a grant of $150,000 to one of the founding members of MIHARI, Blue Ventures, to develop a coordination team for the network, and support its professionalization and growth, working closely with core network partners. This support has enabled MIHARI to transform into a large and influential civil society movement.
Our ultimate vision is for MIHARI to be managed by fishers, for fishers. Coastal communities are already strongly represented within the network, but we will continue to train LMMA leaders in the skills they’ll need to take the helm and steer MIHARI towards a resilient and independent future.
Read the full article from the MacArthur Foundation: Building a Movement to Represent Madagascar’s Small-Scale Fishing Communities
Read more from Vatosoa Rakotondrazafy: A woman in a man’s world: how the MIHARI Network coordinator is getting women’s voices heard