Speaking Ivoirian // Parler Ivoirien

“- Hello, how are you? – Ya foye [= literaly « nothing is wrong »], how are you ? – I am good. – And at home? – It’s good. – And your parents? – They’re good. – And the family? – They are fine.” Ivoirian greetings are long – a bit exaggerated here – but absolutely necessary….

Ivorian Cocoa // Cacao Ivoirien #3

We leave the plantations to walk back to the village we passed by when we arrived. A farmer gives me a pod which I will bring back to Abidjan. The lunch is in full swing; everyone welcomes us and a few inhabitants talk to me: “Madam, did you bring chocolate?” “We produce cocoa but we…

Ivorian Cocoa // Cacao Ivoirien #2

We finally arrive at the heart of a cocoa plantation. Cocoa trees planted at equal distance from one another over dozens of meters. We are in July and the small harvesting season ended a few weeks ago. The big season will start in October although production will be at its maximum in December and January….

Ivorian Cocoa // Cacao Ivoirien #1

It is past noon. We arrive in a new cooperative, two hours late. Everybody seems ok with it and people are happily waiting for us. Many of them arrived as soon as 6am. Why? I do not know. We are introduced in the president of the cooperative’s office and we sit. According to Ivoirian traditions,…

Ivorians Roads // Routes ivoiriennes

We’re driving. Or more precisely, we are zigzaguing between holes and puddles. I find ivorian countryside beautiful. Its luxurious flora is of course very different from french nature. Among other cultures, we find banana trees, teak, rubber and cocoa trees, oil palm plantations… Roads are sometimes paved, sometimes simple red soil paths. Many camps are…

Being back // Être de retour

Vannes, 6:10AM. I get on a long distance bus to go visit friends in Maastricht. A seventeen-hour journey, including a stop in Paris, that does not bore nor worry me. It has been nearly a week since I came back in France after five months spent between India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. There, I have…

Agroecology #6 – Butter and yam // Beurre et yam

“Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse, wouldn’t quit. It struggled so hard that eventually it churned that cream into butter and crawled out.” Coming soon, a new interview (here!) about a family of organic farmers located close to Pokhara, Nepal. But…