In southwest Madagascar, many people rely exclusively on the sea for their livelihoods. © Garth Cripps for Blue Ventures
How is family planning helping to rebuild tropical fisheries? What might we learn from this as we turn our attention to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?
Last month, I was in Madagascar to mark the eighth birthday of Safidy, a community health programme run by marine conservation organisation Blue Ventures. At the same time, and on the opposite side of the globe, the final wording for the Global Goals for Sustainable Development was being agreed upon.
“Safidy,” meaning “the freedom to choose” in Malagasy, empowers women and couples to make their own reproductive health choices, through providing health education as well as family planning and basic maternal health services. Meanwhile, Blue Ventures’ core mission is to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities. Eight years on, how do we see the work of Safidy contributing to locally led management of marine resources? More broadly, what does this tell us about family planning and its role in sustainable development?