National Geographic : 1942 Jun
00 Villages on Madagascar's Central Plateau Rise Like Islands in a Sea of Flooded Rice Fields The Malagasy have converted more than a million and a quarter acres into rice paddies to supply one of their two chief food staples. The other ismeat. Wages for workers usually include daily rations of rice and meat. The author's chauffeur charged him $8 and "the usual rice" for a340-mile trip (page 804).