Monthly Archives: November 2010

Cashew in Côte d’Ivoire

I was driven 700KM, which took about 8 hours, to visit this cashew processing plant in Touba in North Eastern Côte d’Ivoire, very near the border with Guinea.  The factory was great – clean, well run, good equipment.  I love cashews, and it was interesting to see how much work is involved in producing one cashew nut: cooking, shelling, skinning, sorting and grading, removing imperfections, and finally shrink wrapping for storage and transport.

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Cocoa in Côte d’Ivoire

We drove down a funky dirt road, over a rickety wooden bridge (just a few planks stacked together, no nails or railing), and eventually came to a small cluster of houses surrounded by cocoa trees.  In Divo, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast).

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Sierra Leone Day One

I spent my first day in Sierra Leone visiting the Kroo Bay slum in Freetown.  The environment was rough, the photos striking, and the people friendly and warm, both suffering and thriving.

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Cocoa in Ghana

Monday morning I drove three hours north of Accra, Ghana to visit cocoa farms.  It was a bumpy, long drive, but the trip was great – lot’s of beautiful photos of both the cocoa and people’s way of life here.  Ghana is great – I’m very impressed, on my second day here.

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