|% Urban:||39.2 %|
|Population Under 15 Yrs:||40.4 %|
|Official Language:||Malagasy, French and English (though not widely used)|
|Literacy Rate:||65 %|
|HDI Ranking:||164 / 189|
|% Christian:||53.5 %|
|% Evangelical:||11.5 %|
|% Largest Religion:||53.5 %|
|Least Reached People Groups:||10|
|% Unevangelized:||11 %|
This land of riches fights a battle with poverty. Some call Madagascar the “8th continent”. Its rich environment houses unique plant and animal species, and a unique mix of ethnicities. But most people live on an average of less than $1 US/day. The slash-and-burn farming technique destroyed about 80% of the rainforest cover and many species of plants and animals. Pray for leadership that will serve the people well, and development that lifts people out of poverty.
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