EDITORIAL: MADAGASCAR, THE TREASURE ISLAND: madagascar00

The feet of vanilla, so precious, attract the thieves, and producers near Ambanja face a very difficult challenge to protect their Vanilla and choccolate plantation. To prevent thefts, the Ambanja police have very limited means (including a single car, not always provided with gasoline). Often, it is the villagers themselves who are doing justice. As for the cocoa farms, they employ guards who patrol at night under the trees, for a few handfuls of ariary.

The feet of vanilla, so precious, attract the thieves, and producers near Ambanja face a very difficult challenge to protect their Vanilla and choccolate plantation. To prevent thefts, the Ambanja police have very limited means (including a single car, not always provided with gasoline). Often, it is the villagers themselves who are doing justice. As for the cocoa farms, they employ guards who patrol at night under the trees, for a few handfuls of ariary.