At least half of the world’s vanilla is grown on Madagascar, and as a result the whole island has that very distinctive, sweet smell.
Many people say it smells like vanilla ice cream.
Madagascar is home to as many as 12,000 of the world’s plant species.
Under colonial rule, plantations were established for the production of a variety of export crops.
Since the arrival of humans 2,000 years ago, Madagascar has lost more than 90% of its original forest.