Why a Living Economy Laboratory?
Because the question of how to produce a viable economy that meets the needs of human communities, while not negatively affecting the biotope, is at the heart of contemporary concerns. This question is posed with great acuity on the African continent. The continent is characterized by a weak diversification of its economic fabric, a primary specialization that makes it vulnerable to the volatility of raw material prices, and an insufficient level of response to the basic needs of its communities.
The continent's challenges include ensuring food security and the well-being of its populations, providing for their employment needs and preserving their environment by promoting, among other things, local practices that allow for a living economy that respects the environment, the populations and their cultures.
The mapping project was born in 2019 during the first workshops of the Suza Factory. To do this, it was decided to carry out a social, anthropological, economic, cultural, geographical mapping of the territory of Suza.
Three doctoral students, are carrying out their research work in the framework of this mapping.
The collection of ecological knowledge
A collection of ecological knowledge is being undertaken in partnership with Agir pour le vivant, Comuna and Campus AFD. The collection focuses on four themes related to care: dialogue between the living and agriculture; culinary and therapeutic; maternity; widowhood rituals.
The organic farm
The organic farm of the MAM Foundation offers quality and therapeutic consumer products, employs and trains local actors, mainly young people and women, in the respect of the living world.
The Marha farm is evolving into a pilot project, that of an agro-ecological farm at the service of its territory and its populations.
The MAM Foundation has a land heritage of more than 180 hectares located in the Moungo sub-region in the Littoral. Thirty hectares are farmed organically (passion fruit, pineapples, papayas, market gardening, artemesia, moringa), and 150 hectares of forest are uncultivated.
The MAM Foundation is located in a forest environment, crossed by waterways and offering great botanical wealth that can be discovered by hiking or cycling. Although located only a short distance from the economic capital, Grand-Suza is soothing and regenerating. The MAM Foundation ensures the respect of natural cycles, the responsible use of energy and natural resources, including water, and the preservation of soil fertility.