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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

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What is Madagascar pink rice?

About Madagascar Pink Rice.

Madagascar pink rice plantations are valuable because they bring needed money from pink rice production to the Malagasy people. Pink rice production is important to the economy of Madagascar since rice is a staple in Africa and pink rice is a economic growth boom. Madagascar Pink Rice is produced near Madagascar’s large inland lake, Lake Alaotra.

Sorting rice for dinner

History of pink rice plantations in Madagascar.

Rice forms the staple of most meals in Madagascar however, Madagascar rice economy is very fragile due to too much rain or not enough rain.

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 

What is Madagascar pink rice?

All rice starts as a whole grain, which means that the germ and bran layer is intact. When these are removed, you have white rice. The most common bran layer for rice is brown. However, there are also red and black grains of rice. 

Some kinds of rice are partially milled, so some of the bran layers are left on. These grains of rice tend to be light tan, pink or even a striated color. Lotus Foods Madagascar Pink Rice is rice that is partially milled retaining 66% of its bran layer retaining a high level of nutrition, but cooks faster and has a texture that is closer to white rice. 

Since the year 2007, the US rice-importing company Lotus Foods has been working with the CoopĂ©rative Koloharena Ivolamiarina Besarety, Amparafaravolato market special pink rice, called Varini Dista, named after the farmer who popularized the rice. 

The Koloharena Ivolamiarina is part of the Confederation Nationale Sahavanona Koloharena, established in 1999, as the national office for 29 Koloharena farmer cooperatives including 950 village-based associations are committed to increasing small-farm income using environmentally sound farming methods. The cooperatives are concentrated along the threatened, humid forest in eastern Madagascar.

The rice production technologies used in Madagascar are still largely traditional, rice production is still largely highly labor intensive. Rice cultivation is found in almost every climate 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. Madagascar rice growers know that rice production is all about water and timing. 

The rice grain needs a lot of water at first, but if torrential rains fall at harvest time, they can destroy the crop.  Rice is a hugely important part of life on the island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa. At times, it shows up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

In much of the country, it dominates the landscape, planted in small plots across millions of acres of land.    The average household income in Madagascar is less than $1.25 making Madagascar an extremely low-income African country according to 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. Other major agricultural products in Madagascar are coffee, vanilla, sugarcane, cloves, cocoa, manioc, tapioca, beans, bananas, peanuts, and livestock products.


How to cook Madagascar pink rice

Combine 1 ¾ cups of water, 1 cup rice and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Let stand covered for a few minutes. Fluff and serve. A rice cooker may be used with the same water-to-rice ratio.

Madagascar was one of the last major landmasses on earth to be colonized by humans. Madagascar’s population consists of 18 main ethnic groups, all of whom speak the same Malagasy language. Most Malagasy are multi-ethnic, however, reflecting the island’s diversity of settlers and historical contacts.


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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