Some people want to paint the town red, Jenny Raharivola wants to paint the island in green. Jenny Raharivola is a young artist specialized in composing and singing for humanitarian and environmental causes. The first time I heard about her
Bloodsucking flies help scientists identify rare, hard-to-find mammals
Last year scientists released a study that is likely to revolutionize how conservationists track elusive species. Researchers extracted the recently sucked blood of terrestrial leeches in Vietnam’s remote Annamite Mountains and looked at the DNA of wha…
The year in rainforests
2012 was another year of mixed news for the world’s tropical forests. This is a look at some of the most significant tropical rainforest-related news stories for 2012. There were many other important stories in 2012 and some were undoubtedly overlooked…
Helping a school, one desk at a time
Stepping onto the cracked cement courtyard, dust swirling through the air, I couldn’t help smiling at the cheeky schoolchildren yelling, “Mbola tsara!” in our direction. Greeting the headmaster in a series of French and English quips (aided by a volunteer Malagasy translator), we set to work touring the mammoth 1,043 student facility located just blocks
7 facts you need to know about taxi rides in Madagascar
Once you’re tired of walking around a city, as a tourist, you may be tempted to have a taxi-ride… So let’s try to give you some tips in order to make it a memorable and funny ride The following isn’t about the”agreed” taxis parking outside big hotels and at the airport , we’re talking here
Write for madafan.com, free publicity for your Madagascar tourism activity while getting published on different networks
Madafan always wanted to be a platform where anyone who travelled or lived in Madagascar can share their experience, their recommendations (as well as the “avoid it” places/activities) that Madafan readers ought to know, though setting-up a vibrant community of Madagascar-fans. We definitely aim to have everybody fom every corner of Madagascar write articles about
Two spots for catching a wave or hitting the surf in Madagascar
So I’ve visited the “Destination Vacances” expo that was held at “La Résidence” last week-end. The idea was to get some inspiration for this coming holidays, and I dare say I wasn’t disappointed. I guess I’ll have more post inspired by the event but here are few options you can consider. For now, let’s focus
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How come such a Malagasy artist who has received a worldwide recognition is barely known by Malagasy? This guy a toured the world with his music, played with the big guys (opend Carlos Santana’s concert in Paris), is a world
“ingenuity born of necessity” Erik came up with a long list of different examples of ingenuity coming from Africa: a mobile phone charging system made by a bicycle dynamo, a biogaz system, or a mobile-security system, to name a few.
Miora has made a point during her presentation: PAPMAD, the only paper manufacturing specialized on recycling is calling for every unit to provide them with raw material to work with. So far this plant is only working 6 month per
The difficult part about presenting people who work for entities is to find the fine line between the person and what the organisation do. Alice Plane first: Born in Lille in 1984, she has a lot of interest for Russia
Malagasy rural people call their product “tôftôf”, you guessed it, we’re talking about ToughStuff a solar-power device used for lighting and small appliances distributed throughout Madagascar via old 2CV vehicles and bicycles. I always wondered the reason for the “TOUGH”
Rabary Désiré – I stand before you begging the world to do more than write about our problems in Madagascar
We must be strong and fearless in the face of continued corruption and habitat disturbance inside of Madagascar's precious National Parks. I have been warned before many times that it is dangerous to reveal the truth. But I believe very
The TEDXantananarivo event on November 27th 2010 gathers extraordinary people for extraordinary conversations around the "Time to go green" theme. Check the panelist, it's awesome.
Don’t be fooled with the title, although I missed two opportunities to have a nice old-train ride in Madagascar, this post is announcing the next train ride opportunity planned for november 2010. Book your calendar if you are in Antananarivo.