Madagascar has a plethora of assets, starting with its population of 24 million, 64 percent of whom are under the age of 25. Thanks to its vast expanses of agricultural land, forested areas and access to the sea, the country could become the breadbasket of the Indian Ocean. Moreover, the island’s extraordinary biodiversity and cultural richness could help expand tourism.
Yet, Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than 93 percent of its population living below the poverty line in 2012. In recent years, the Malagasy people have seen little improvement in their quality of life owing to two political crises, severe climate shocks, and global food price hikes.
We would like to hear from you. In no more than 500 words, share your views on the Great Island’s current situation and future. What needs to be done to lift Madagascar out of poverty and allow this land of a thousand smiles to shine?