Foreign investors see Africa as a breadbasket. Done well, investment could help with African hunger but create food security for the rest of the world.
A coup attempt by rebel officers against a government that itself came to power by military force, leaves Malagasy citizens calling it an example of political theater and all eyes on a constitutional vote.
Madagascar mutineers announced a coup attempt Wednesday, the same day the unstable country held a constitutional referendum. But there has been no movement from the coup leaders.
Rebel military officers attempted another coup today but voters appeared largely undeterred.
Saudi Arabia has cut several deals, most recently in Tanzania
The crisis not only threatens to make the island's poverty worse, it might also lead to the extinction of rare lemur species.
New leader Andry Rajoelina has asserted control as the South African Development Community threatens to suspend Madagascar.