A young boy carries a tank to collect water  in Antananarivo in Madagascar. Malagasy officials announced last month that the city’s coffers were empty and there was no funding for rubbish collection. Refuse has been piling up, encouraging the growth of the rodent population. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

The director of Toliara jail in southwest Madagascar is wary of giving a wrong impression. “Sure we have rats, but lots of places do,” says Serge Idri(...)

Edvize Scanizany working with Moringa leaves. Photograph: Mary Boland

Edvize Scanizany sits on the floor pulling the tiny leaves off the branches of Moringa trees in a shed in Mangily, north of the city of Toliara in sou(...)

A swarm of the red locusts 20 kilometres north of the town of Sakaraha, south west Madagascar, on April 27th last year.  The swarms will return later this month, devastating food crops. Photograph:  Bilal Tarabey/AFP/Getty Images

First, bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add a bagful of live locusts – untreated by pesticides – and stir. Simmer for a few minutes, then drain(...)

The Malagasy people’s expectations exclude any established notion that power involves responsibility

The other day on the Avenue de l’Indépendance in Toliara, southwest Madagascar, a barefoot homeless man who had clearly suffered a stroke hauled his u(...)