Conférence-radio : Grande distribution et système agricole durable

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La grande distribution a-t-elle sa place dans un système agricole vertueux ? A l’occasion de la Semaine de l’Agriculture Paysanne à Sciences Po, PAVéS questionne le rôle de la grande distribution et son rôle dans le système agricole. Les grands magasins peuvent-ils s’intégrer dans un système agricole durable ? Quelles…

Développement local et paniers bio à Abidjan

Présidente de Green Project Africa, Nathalie Coppeti a aussi lancé, avec une partenaire, sa plantation en permaculture et vit de la vente de ses paniers bio à Abidjan. Pouvez-vous vous présenter ? Je m’appelle Nathalie Coppeti, je suis née en Côte d’Ivoire. Ma famille est ici depuis quatre générations. Au départ, j’ai travaillé dans la…

EduPerma, permaculture at school // EduPerma, la permaculture à l’école

Loukou Serge Koffi is the coordinator of EduPerma, a project that is part of the NGO Green Project Africa, combining education and permaculture in Ivory Coast. Could you introduce yourself? I am Loukou Serge Koffi, project coordinator at Green Project Africa. I graduated as an engineer in the management of maritime and port activities and…

Ivorian Agro-Forestry: Interview // Agroforesterie ivoirienne : entretien

Mounia, a friend engineer in agro-forestry who lives in Ivory Coast, answers my questions about the Ivorian ecological situation. What is your job in Ivory Coast? What are your missions? I came to Ivory Coast for an internship. At that time, I was a student in a engineering school specialized in forest management. My first…

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…