Helping develop the craft industry in southern Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO, 8 April 2014 - Responding to a request from the Ministry for the Promotion of Handicrafts of Madagascar, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work closely to help further develop one value chain of the craft industry in the south of the country.
The UNIDO-UNDP partnership will promote productive and income-generating activities and help generate new jobs.
More than two million artisans in Madagascar are engaged in craftsmanship activities, but many often lack a regular supply of quality raw materials, financial resources and access to markets.
UNIDO and UNDP signed a memorandum of understanding to help address these problems.
“The joint project constitutes a pilot, it is just the first step in laying the foundation to develop a sustainable approach to support the local craft industry,” said Lorence Ansermet, UNIDO Representative in Madagascar.
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