SEED Madagascar (formerly Azafady) is a UK registered charity and Malagasy NGO working in partnership with disadvantaged communities to improve living standards and quality of life in positive coexistence with the fragile and unique local environment. Founded in 1994, the organisation works in 30 of the most impoverished villages on the globe and in the urban centre of Fort Dauphin, south east Madagascar, home to a population of some 300,000 people.
SEED works with local people to conserve threatened forests situated along 70 km of coastline, home to countless endemic and endangered species.
The Fort Dauphin NGO has 70 local employees and there are three full time staff working in the London office. SEED typically works with about 80 volunteers in London and Madagascar every year.
SEEDs aim is to help the poorest communities in Madagascar to empower themselves and develop in sustainable ways, increasing local access to health care and education. A core priority is to conserve the delicate ecosystems of Madagascar through facilitating viable alternatives to deforestation. Our programmes are at the frontline of global conservation and development work, with integrative and innovative projects emphasising training, capacity building and education geared towards helping local people to help themselves.