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[Climate Solutions Lab Series] Unveiling the Vision: Mirana Elodia Rakotomandimby’s Environmental Impact Journey

Article originally published on the Impulsouth project website


A passionate social entrepreneur, Mirana Elodia Rakotomandimby is driven to bring about changes that benefit the environment. Mirana’s experience as a climate change project facilitator gave her a unique perspective on the urgent issues affecting peri-urban populations, especially those dedicated to farming.

Mirana is driven to fight climate change because she has personally seen its tangible effects on the environment and people’s livelihoods, including her own family’s farm. The need for immediate action is underscored by the serious threats to agricultural output posed by rising temperatures and decreasing rainfall. Motivated by a desire to change the world, Mirana has dedicated herself to promoting sustainable practices and resilience-building initiatives within vulnerable communities.

Through the Climate Solutions Lab, she has gained a deeper understanding of the challenges at hand and experienced a shift in her perspective. While conducting surveys and establishing partnerships, she detected significant gaps in community awareness about climate change and its impact on daily life. Recognizing a crucial need for education, Mirana broadened her mission so that she is not only implementing solutions but also empowering communities with knowledge, ensuring they are equipped to recognize and respond to changing climate patterns.

Mirana’s project involves the comprehensive engagement of the community. Using an inclusive approach, she interviewed hundreds of farmers about their farming practices to ensure that the solution developed is tailored to their specific needs and the challenges they face.

“Start your initiatives now, no matter how modest they are. Start now to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change”

A pivotal milestone in the project was the establishment of a strategic partnership with professionals in vermicomposting. This collaboration not only provided valuable insights into the vermicomposting practice but also enhanced marketing support for the produced compost. This partnership adds a layer of expertise to the project, ensuring its sustainability and effectiveness.

The initiative has successfully begun collecting organic waste from 10 households and has had tangible impact at the grassroots level. At the same time, agricultural residues are being collected from a nearby rural community, enhancing the overall scope and reach of the project.


Climate Solution Summary: Waste Management through Sorting and Composting in a Suburban Community of Antananarivo, Madagascar

In recent years, waste management’s profound impact on climate change has sparked growing concerns about environmental sustainability. With the global population surging, waste generation has risen in tandem. Our initiative addresses this challenge by boosting organic waste composting at the household level, in line with Madagascar’s Nationally Determined Contribution in the waste sector. Focused on a housing village with approximately 3,000 residents in a suburban area of Madagascar’s capital, the project centers on converting household organic waste into compost.

This village currently generates around 4 tons of waste per month, and a significant portion of it ends up scattered around the community. The initiative will begin with community awareness campaigns about climate change and waste management. To enhance efficiency, infrastructure will be established to facilitate waste sorting, recycling, and transformation processes. This multifaceted approach not only addresses immediate waste management challenges but also aligns with broader climate change mitigation efforts. Upon successful implementation, the project has the potential to be replicated across the municipality.