Strengthening and Accessing
Livelihood Opportunities for
Household Impact
SALOHI  2009-2014

Helped build resistance to economic shocks, while improving food security and decreasing dependency, nutrition and disaster-preparedness

To address the underlying causes of malnutrition, food insecurity and low agricultural productivity, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initiated the Strengthening and Accessing Livelihood Opportunities for Household Impact (SALOHI) program. Led by Catholic Relief Services and implemented by a consortium of international partners, including Land O’Lakes, SALOHI tackled food insecurity in 100,000 households – nearly 630,000 people – across 112 rural communes in eastern and southern Madagascar. In collaboration with Malagasy community leaders, the program addressed a range of development issues, including health, nutrition, agriculture, emergency preparedness and resource management. Land O’Lakes trained smallholders in farming best practices and demonstrated improved technologies, while establishing agricultural producer groups.

Groups who were mobilized into Village Savings and Loan associations (VSLs) met weekly to contribute cash to savings, and determine internal control mechanisms, as well as savings and lending rates. On average, each VSL saved $200 – an incredible feat in a country where 70 percent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. Our technical support also helped clients to prevent and treat malnutrition by monitoring growth and modifying household nutritional practices. The program trained 605 Community Health Volunteers in promoting best practices in infant feeding, hygiene and disease prevention.