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The Political Economy of the Sambirano

Lesley A. Sharp

in The Possessed and the Dispossessed

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080010
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918450 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520080010.003.0002
The Political Economy of the Sambirano

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The Sambirano Valley is one of the few regions of Madagascar where one finds evidence of prosperity. Even though national trends exhibit a downward movement of the economy, the Sambirano has become well-known as a region where “there is work” and “money,” so that many people have come here from other regions of the island to “seek their fortunes.” On the whole, this nation is plagued by fierce shortages of such essentials as foodstuffs, medicines, and construction materials, but in Ambanja one is struck by the relative beauty of the area and plentitude of goods—though overpriced—that are available. In comparison to other regions of Madagascar, the development that has occurred in Ambanja and the Sambirano Valley is striking. This chapter explores the factors that account for this over time.

Keywords: Sambirano; Madagascar; prosperity; economy; shortages; foodstuffs; medicines; Ambanja; development

Chapter.  8675 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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