Madagascar (/ˌmædəˈɡæskər, -kɑːr/; Malagasy: Madagasikara), officially the Republic of Madagascar (Malagasy: Repoblikan’i Madagasikara, Malagasy pronunciation: [republiˈkʲan madaɡasˈkʲarə̥]; French: République de Madagascar), is an island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres (250 miles) off the coast of East Africa across the Mozambique Channel. At 592,800 square kilometres (228,900 sq mi) Madagascar is the world’s second-largest island country, after Indonesia. The nation is home to around 30 million inhabitants and consists of the island of Madagascar (the fourth-largest island in the world), along with numerous smaller peripheral islands. Following the prehistoric breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, Madagascar split from the Indian subcontinent around 88 million years ago, allowing native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90% of its wildlife is endemic (native and restricted to a place?)
Madagascar belongs to the group of least developed countries, according to the United Nations.Malagasy and French are both official languages of the state. Christianity is predominant religion in the country, but a significant minority still practices traditional faiths. Ecotourism and agriculture, paired with greater investments in education, health, and private enterprise, are key elements of Madagascar’s development strategy. Under Ravalomanana, these investments produced substantial economic growth, but the benefits were not evenly spread throughout the population, producing tensions over the increasing cost of living and declining living standards among the poor and some segments of the middle class. As of 2017, the economy has been weakened by the 2009–2013 political crisis, and quality of life remains low for the majority of the Malagasy population
intro’d to madagascar via david graeber‘s writings/talks/experiences.. on kings.. et al..
adding page this day.. via nika dubrovsky fb post:
Friends, for now a preliminary:
We are looking for two or three volunteers (expenses and accommodation will be paid) who want to go to Madagascar (for now) for six months – a year.
– Knowledge of French (but not mandatory)
– biological, engineering, biotechnical education
and the work experience.
We decided to start a small town farm for the production and distribution of spirulina and 3D printers (RepRap).
We will be happy for other ideas that can be organized compactly and cheaply. In all cases, the idea is not to produce and distribute (or to sell more), but to distribute open-source technology and instructions so that people can use it themselves.
The project is not for profit. This is an initiative of the David Graber Institute and climate project Brain Trust. In Madascar, as in many countries in the global South, inflation and climate change have led to severe food and economic challenges.
It seems to us that some of them can be solved. At least we’re willing to try.
love.. toward a people experiment ness.. and suggested cities ness..
how to model a way for all of us to leap to (aka: a nother way– where we have the means to org around legit needs)
more from nika (nov 2022):
Meanwhile, flying to Madagascar is far and expensive.
Advise me a correct route, if anyone knows.
Any ideas to go on the ship. Where is the nearest proper harbor that is not too expensive to get to from Europe or Central Asia?
So far we’re planning to do 365 days of David Greber Institute residency with Pirate Carnival and work for the Brain Trust.
It is not yet clear how many people will be able to join, but we would like to build (first) a small community that can live on self-sufficient. We arrange relocation, visas, initial set up.
Therefore, we will need doctors, engineers, people familiar with construction, food tech, 3D printing and so on.
Employees bullshits job not needed.
huge.. sans any form of m\a\p
We really need theater people, producers, artists, capable organizers, experts of French and local culture.
We will be glad to deploy a radio station, video studio and other useful events there.
It is not yet clear how large it can turn out.
Plans range from one two people for a couple of months to 5,000 for a few years.
maybe it won’t work out!
But we will keep trying.
wow.. love.. wish it could be next experiment.. a nother way.. would love love love to try org ing around legit needs there.. with them..
How today’s colonization works:
Madagascar provides high-quality rice to the world, but it’s too expensive for its inhabitants to eat. The island exports food. Lately, this option has become too expensive as well.
Almost all the coast has been sold to China, so fishing can’t make a living either.
nika fb share
Totally giving up on Madagascar. After some contemplation, the understanding came that there is no more New World.
Brought to the net over the past 500 years.
That’s why it’s not possible to leave anywhere. We need to deal with the situation on the ground.