Vanilla Fever – Madagascar

On the notorious Rue Ambudimanga in Sambava (northeast Madagascar) we met vanilla ‘hustlers’ – young men with mirrored sunglasses, gold chains and colourful t-shirts who sell the precious spice on the street. The little kingpins of this grubby backroad have sealed pouches in their saddlebags or openly carry small quantities in plastic bags – and visibly enjoy the fame and money that the trade brings. Full story in the Mail & Guardian.