Female Farmers Turning Organic In Ivory Coast

Female Farmers Turning Organic In Ivory Coast

Thousands of women from Divo, in rural Ivory Coast, have turned to organic farming and grouped together to gain financial independence.

Andrew H. Sweet

Now they go to the fields with machetes and dabas (a traditional African hoe) to farm their produce, which they say helps preserve their health and traditions.

"We've thrown out the chemicals. We don't pump chemicals on crops anymore. We don't eat vegetables from crops that have touched chemicals. Now we work with our hands" said a female farmer.

Agathe Vanié, President of the women's agricultural cooperative, praises the commercial success of crops from these ecological and ethical plantations.

The product quality is making a breakthrough in rural Côte d'Ivoire, where the poverty rate in the agricultural sector is around 60%, according to official statistics.

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