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Madagascar | Abandoned by sponsors after 2009 political meltdown, some “orphan parks” may be revived

PORT BERGÉ, Madagascar — Karimo and Célice could scarcely believe their luck. Four years of bumper corn harvests have allowed the husband and wife, who each go by a single name, to rebuild their house with a metal roof, buy several new humped cattle, and launch a side business putting on dances in the countryside with a pair of new speakers and an amplifier stacked on the verandah.

In July, Karimo rushed to show off the seed corn he put aside from their most recent harvest, producing four oversize ears with rows of perfect amber kernels. He fanned them out in front of him like a poker hand. “Each ear is one kapoka and a half!” he said with glee. A kapoka is a unit of measure typically made from a discarded condensed milk can. “Usually it takes two ears for one kapoka.”


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