World Friendship Badge: About Madagascar

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January 29, 2016 by brightboykris

As part of my Leaping Wolf project for Cubs, I am working on my World Friendship Badge. One of the things I must do is write about the traditions, food and other interesting things about a country other than my own.

We went to Madagascar in 2014 and I loved it.

Madagascar Facts!

  • Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world.
  • The island is off the Mozambique coast.
  • It takes 6 hours by plane from Cape Town to get to Madagascar.
  • The capital of Madagascar is Antananarivo (or Tana), which has over 2 million people.
  • Madagascar is a poor country. 70% of its people live on less than $1 per day.
  • Madagascar consists of a large mainland and hundreds of small islands surrounding it.
  • Some islands are so small, you can only reach them during low tide.
  • Some of the islands are used to protect endangered lemurs, like the Silky Sifaka.
  • 70% of Madagascar’s animals and 90% of Madagascar’s plants can’t be found anywhere else on earth.
  • I want to go back to Madagascar as a nature conservation volunteer and help their tribes to protect nature.

Food in Madagascar!

Rice is a staple food in Madagascar. Their food inspiration comes from the cultures that came to live on the island over hundreds of years.

You can eat fresh fruit and vegetables, spicy curries and French food.

You can drive in the capital city or walk around on a small island, and you will find stalls with chicken and zebu, and fresh vegetables and fruit.

People love Koba, which is made from rice, banana, and peanut.

Fady (taboos)

The people of Madagascar believe in “Fady”. These are things you are not allowed to do. For example:

  • It is Fady to not welcome a stranger into your home. (When you visit, you must accept the invitation)
  • You are not allowed to touch a grave without permission.
  • You may not touch a Malagassy child’s head without permission.

Madagascar in Pictures!







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