Made in Africa: Revitalizing Madagascar’s vanilla

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  • Madagascar produces nearly 80 percent of the world’s commercial vanilla. The price for the extraction of first-grade vanilla beans from the island hit 600 US. dollars per kilogram in 2018. This increase is due to a number of factors, including vanilla bean theft and extreme weather changes.

    We traveled to Madagascar’s Sava region and met farmers looking at an innovative way to grow vanilla and improve its quality as its global demand increases.

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