Country Statistics

• Size (land): 581,540 sq km.

• Climate: Madagascar has very tropical temperatures around the coast but very dry in the south.

• Capital: the capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo.

• Population: In July 2008 the population of Madagascar was approximately 20,042,552.

• Government: Madagascar is a Republic.

• Economy: Madagascar has discarded their past economical policies and since the 1990’s they have followed a World Bank -and IMF- this led to the policy of privation and liberalization. The foundation of Madagascar’s Economy is based on Agriculture, including fishing and forestry, which accounts for more than one-fourth of the countries GDP and employs 80% of the population. Major exports are coffee and vanilla, Madagascar is the world's largest producer and exporter of vanilla.

• Culture: The people of Madagascar enjoy the arts of textile, wood carvings, paintings and stone carving. They also enjoy the traditional Malagasy music that was inspired by tunes from Indonesia and the African mainland.

The Malagasy diet is varied, and usually consists of heaping mounds of rice with zebu, a local beef, as well as pork, chicken, crab, fish, corn, peanuts, and potatoes. Spicy curries are also popular. [1]

Madagascar is an island located in the Indian Ocean, east of Mozambique, Southern Africa.


Overview of Development Problems

|GDP per capita |US $923 |
|Infant Mortality rate |109 deaths/1,000 live births |
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