The history of the FTA is initially linked to the story of its founder who lived a not very ordinary life. Here’s how one person’s story influenced the creation of the FTA and how things have evolved over time:
Two different worlds
During his childhood and adolescence, the founder of FTA understood that there are two different worlds: the rich/developed world where he lived for a while (France, USA) and the poor countries in Africa.
The power of capitalism
Being a self made man, an autodidact and hard worker, he followed his dream to the limits and understood that everything is possible with capitalism and hardwork ! Everything, leading to unethical situations sometimes!
Civil Servant and Development Actor
He joined the Government and International Organisation's projects to try to contribute in improving the livelihoods of Malagasy population for a while. But this was not for long. He couldn't bear incoherence (and corruption).
A private initiative in rural area
Willing to start small, and continuing his personal research in Development, he launched his own private development initiative called Farming and Technology for Africa where he provided trainings in Agriculture and in the use of ICTs for development.
Moving to the Development World
By 2010, FTA was legally constituted with a bank account and some initiatives and partnerships in Africa. Members are all professionals and students and the organisation goes through ups and downs.
Ecovillage Madagascar Network
In 2013, the Ecovillage Network of Madagascar was launched to promote sustainable and ethical activities. Permaculture was launched for the first time in the country.
Supporting Advisory Services in Madagascar
FTA is a strong recognised organisation working with different iNGOs and networks. The organisation starts hosting the Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services in Madagascar (FCA)
A new project launched
Although the pandemic, and maybe as a consequence, a new project on food security, income improvement and environmental protection was launched with Aqua Alimenta Suisse, under the name of FM3A.
In 2023, with the creation of a new Extension Directorate at the Ministry of Agriculture, FTA partners with the Ministry to develop and promote digital tools.