EDITORIAL: MADAGASCAR, THE TREASURE ISLAND: madagascar11

The feet of vanilla, so precious, attract the thieves. Virginie Mboty, producer near Ambanja, saw the entirety of her production stolen a few weeks before the beginning of the harvest. // 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. Virginie Mboty, producer near Ambanja, saw the entirety of her production stolen a few weeks before the beginning of the harvest. // 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.