Story of Enan Abblé
“The strength of the cooperative depends on demand for sustainable cocoa.”
Enan Abblé, a farmer in Ivory Coast
Enan Abblé moved to Kragui in Ivory Coast in 1981 and planted 3.5 hectare of cocoa trees. Together with his wife Akissi, he has four children. The two oldest children studied in Abidjan and the youngest are doing well at school. Enan knows a lot about growing cocoa. He uses fertiliser and compost, prevents and tackles plant diseases, buys carefully selected seeds and seedlings and harvests 700 kg of cocoa per hectare. He is a member of the board of the cooperative and advises other farmers about sustainable cocoa production.
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The story of Mariama Seidhu
“I feel confident about my future and that of my children!”
Mariama Seidhu, a cocoa farmer in Mantukwa, Ghana
Mariama participates in training courses organised by Solidaridad and puts the new knowledge she gains into practice. She maintains soil fertility, prunes her trees more (so that fungal infections are less likely) and she uses the right techniques to combat plant diseases. She has also planted new trees. Approximately 300 trees survived the drought and will produce their first cocoa pods in 2014.
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The story of Emile Ouedraogo
“Right now, I can't support my family. I want to become a better farmer and to join the cooperative.”
Emile Ouedraogo, a farmer in Ivory Coast
Emile Ouedraogo lives from hand to mouth . He has never learned how to grow cocoa properly and relies on intuition. Previously Emile used fertiliser and got yields of about 700 kg per hectare. For the past three years, he's been unable to pay for fertiliser. His trees are old and the climate is getting drier. Now he doesn't get more than 750 kg from 3 hectares. Emile wants to join a cooperative and grow sustainable cocoa.
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