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Vanilla beans. Source: ankreative / Adobe Stock.

The Plight of Madagascar's Vanilla Farmers: A Battle Against Theft and Poverty (Video)


Vanilla, the second most expensive spice in the world, is worth its weight in gold. Its unique flavor and fragrance are highly sought after by chefs and food enthusiasts around the globe. However, the story behind this luxurious commodity is not all sunshine and rainbows. Despite the high prices that vanilla commands, farmers in Madagascar, who produce 80% of the world's supply, are struggling to make ends meet.

Vanilla orchids only bloom for one day a year and farmers have to hand-pollinate each flower. But the labor-intensive process of growing vanilla is just the beginning of their challenges. From fluctuating prices to unfair profit cuts and vanilla thieves, farmers are facing an uphill battle to protect their precious crop. Let’s delve into the world of Madagascar's vanilla farmers, exploring the challenges they face and how they're fighting to keep hold of their “green gold”.

Top image: Vanilla beans. Source: ankreative / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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