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Last updated: January 28, 2019

January 28, 2019

The outrigger canoe moved swiftly through the large mangrove channel, led by the sure hand of the paddler seated behind us. The morning was still. The only sound came from the sluice of the paddle through the water and the occasional shrieks from birds overhead, alarmed by our intrusion.

January 28, 2019

Theodore Ravanomanana and his two sisters, Victorine Ravaomalala and Florine Rahantavololona, live in Alasora, a suburb of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city. They share a house that used to belong to their parents. And they also jointly own a small plot of land nearby that has remained unused for a long time, and is covered with unkempt grass and wild vegetation.

November 19, 2018

Convincing the community of Mandahazo in southwestern Madagascar to give up open air defecation a start using latrines became something of a spiritual struggle. That is because in the village there was a belief latrines were linked to evil spirits that kill the children.

August 3, 2018

A group of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in Madagascar came up with a creative way to promote exclusive breastfeeding – newborns drinking only breast milk for at least the first six months of life - that is both effective and entertaining.

March 13, 2018

Southern Madagascar is an arid and drought-prone land, receiving just 16.5 inches (419 mm) of rain per year, versus a national average of 39 to 59 inches (991 to 1,499 mm) annually. But the region is rich in cattle, which are the main source of income for farmers.