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Sunday, June 27, 2010

After Asia, Madagascar has the longest history of rice production

Madagascar, rice markets are particularly important, since rice is the most important staple and rice production is a major source of income and employment. 



The rice production technologies used in Madagascar are still largely traditional, rice production is still largely highly labor intensive. Rice cultivation is found almost everywhere in Madagascar. 

Lowland rice production structures are well developed and rice terraces are regularly found along the roads between the capital and largest city in Madagascar Antananarivo and the third largest city in Madagascar Antsirabe.


Madagascar’s economy is very fragile; the country imports significant amounts of rice from international markets for everyday consumption, around 51 percent.
Planting rice in Madagascar 
Madagascar’s economy is very fragile; the country imports significant amounts of rice from international markets for everyday consumption, around 51 percent. 

The average household income in Madagascar is less than $1.25 making Madagascar an extreme low income African country according the World Bank Standards. 

As prices increase for rice as well as other major staples of cassava and maize, most small farmers benefit little or not at all from price increases. Ranking on the 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance scale, Madagascar is ranked as the 32nd African country out of 52 (Sudan and South Sudan are not measured because the governments are too new) for good governance.



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