Ilafy

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Ilafy
Ilafy is located in Madagascar
Ilafy
Ilafy
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 17°53′S 48°25′E / 17.883°S 48.417°E / -17.883; 48.417
Country  Madagascar
Region Alaotra-Mangoro
District Ambatondrazaka
Elevation[1] 845 m (2,772 ft)
Population (2001)[2]
 • Total 13,000
Time zone EAT (UTC3)

Ilafy is a town and commune (Malagasy: kaominina) in Madagascar. It belongs to the district of Ambatondrazaka, which is a part of Alaotra-Mangoro Region. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 13,000 in 2001 commune census.[2]

Primary and junior level secondary education are available in town. The majority 96% of the population of the commune are farmers, while an additional 1% receives their livelihood from raising livestock. The most important crop is rice, while other important products are cassava, sweet potatoes and bambara groundnut. Industry and services provide employment for 0.5% and 1.5% of the population, respectively. Additionally fishing employs 1% of the population.[2]

Ilafy is of historical and cultural significance, widely considered as one of the twelve sacred hills of Imerina.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated based on DEM data from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
  2. ^ a b c "ILO census data". Cornell University. 2002. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 

Coordinates: 17°53′S 48°25′E / 17.883°S 48.417°E / -17.883; 48.417