Aerial view of eroded Malagasy highlands. Photo © Wildmadagascar.org

Aerial view of eroded Malagasy highlands. Photo © Wildmadagascar.org

National Geographic Young Explorer Alizé Carrère is researching an innovative method of agricultural adaptation in the Malagasy highlands that has emerged in the face of severe deforestation. Known to locals as “lavaka”, literally meaning “hole”, they are massive erosional gullies that provide surprising agricultural and socio-economic benefits, turning a deforested landscape into one of opportunity, not hardship.

Full article for National Geographic's Explorers Journal: 

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/17/whats-filling-the-holes-of-madagascar/

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