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 Sylvain rides to his farm in the morning. (Savalou)

Sylvain rides to his farm in the morning. (Savalou)

 Anicet lives in a rural village near Glazoué where he used to help his parents grow rice and palms. He wishes to continue learning about the production and processing of rice.  (Savalou)

Anicet lives in a rural village near Glazoué where he used to help his parents grow rice and palms. He wishes to continue learning about the production and processing of rice.  (Savalou)

 Students learn how to raise different animals in the agriculture school of Songhai. Because of the drought, rice farming has become increasingly difficult. That's why other methods are being taught. (Savalou) 

Students learn how to raise different animals in the agriculture school of Songhai. Because of the drought, rice farming has become increasingly difficult. That's why other methods are being taught. (Savalou) 

 Sylvie used to work parboiling harvested rice with her family. Her mother is the first female president of the biggest union of female rice workers in Benin.  Now Sylvie is learning how to grow rice herself.  (Savalou) 

Sylvie used to work parboiling harvested rice with her family. Her mother is the first female president of the biggest union of female rice workers in Benin.  Now Sylvie is learning how to grow rice herself.  (Savalou) 

 Cécile's father died 8 years ago leaving her mom alone to raise 3 young childern. Through the   Collibri Foundation   Cécile got the funds to go to school. Now she has a small restaurant and shop where she sells her produce.  She made us some bouillie de tapioca for lunch. (Savalou) 

Cécile's father died 8 years ago leaving her mom alone to raise 3 young childern. Through the Collibri Foundation Cécile got the funds to go to school. Now she has a small restaurant and shop where she sells her produce.  She made us some bouillie de tapioca for lunch. (Savalou) 

 Hospice is the youngest student of the program. He is only 17 years old and an incredibly ambitious young man. Before starting his education he had his own farm where he grew various vegetables and kept chickens.  (Savalou) 

Hospice is the youngest student of the program. He is only 17 years old and an incredibly ambitious young man. Before starting his education he had his own farm where he grew various vegetables and kept chickens.  (Savalou) 

 Girls waiting by the side of the house. (Covè) 

Girls waiting by the side of the house. (Covè) 

 Hervé dreams of owning a farm in Ouèssè, the town he grew up in. (Savalou)

Hervé dreams of owning a farm in Ouèssè, the town he grew up in. (Savalou)

 Young girl holding a water bucket.  There is currently a water crisis in Benin, and people of all ages sometimes have to travel long distances just to get drinking water. (Savalou)

Young girl holding a water bucket.  There is currently a water crisis in Benin, and people of all ages sometimes have to travel long distances just to get drinking water. (Savalou)

 Packaging soy in the warehouse. (Savalou) 

Packaging soy in the warehouse. (Savalou) 

 Sylvain, his mother and uncle show us their farmland in the dry season. (Savalou)

Sylvain, his mother and uncle show us their farmland in the dry season. (Savalou)

 After graduating Sylvain started his own farm together with his family. He inherited a piece of land from his father who passed away. He cleared the land and installed a watering system using the local streams close to the land. Now he grows manioc, tomatoes, palm and rice in the Collines region of Benin. (Savalou)

After graduating Sylvain started his own farm together with his family. He inherited a piece of land from his father who passed away. He cleared the land and installed a watering system using the local streams close to the land. Now he grows manioc, tomatoes, palm and rice in the Collines region of Benin. (Savalou)

 Sylvain's field of tomato plants. (Savalou)

Sylvain's field of tomato plants. (Savalou)

 Sylvain's mother hiding from the burning sun on their palm farm. (Savalou)

Sylvain's mother hiding from the burning sun on their palm farm. (Savalou)

 During our farm visits we always got introduced to the entire family of the farmer. In Benin families live together in a community supporting each other and helping out wherever they can. Jocelyn's curious cousins gave us a tour of their homes.  (Covè) 

During our farm visits we always got introduced to the entire family of the farmer. In Benin families live together in a community supporting each other and helping out wherever they can. Jocelyn's curious cousins gave us a tour of their homes.  (Covè) 

 Jocélyn has a beautiful farm outside of Covè. The Zou region is green and lush even in the dry season. Although this might change rapidly due to drought and global warming. (Covè)

Jocélyn has a beautiful farm outside of Covè. The Zou region is green and lush even in the dry season. Although this might change rapidly due to drought and global warming. (Covè)

 Jocélyn is a rice farmer and works in the Zou region. She is the oldest daughter of the family and works together with her dad on their farm. She explains the difficulties of rice farming with the drought and how African rice farmers have to compete with imported rice from Asia. (Covè) 

Jocélyn is a rice farmer and works in the Zou region. She is the oldest daughter of the family and works together with her dad on their farm. She explains the difficulties of rice farming with the drought and how African rice farmers have to compete with imported rice from Asia. (Covè) 

 Walking along the rice fields in the Zou region. (Covè) 

Walking along the rice fields in the Zou region. (Covè) 

 While driving from farm to farm we pass numerous small towns.  Women cook in roadside restaurants with local produce gathering their costumers at a table to discuss politics, family affairs and so much more. We made a stop for fish soup on one of our trips. (Savalou) 

While driving from farm to farm we pass numerous small towns.  Women cook in roadside restaurants with local produce gathering their costumers at a table to discuss politics, family affairs and so much more. We made a stop for fish soup on one of our trips. (Savalou) 

 Dénise tells us she had always dreamed of a education in agriculture. When she got her son it became harder for her to find the time and money for education.  (Savalou)   Last year Dénise entered the program of the   Collibri foundation   and is getting an education in agriculture.  

Dénise tells us she had always dreamed of a education in agriculture. When she got her son it became harder for her to find the time and money for education.  (Savalou) 

Last year Dénise entered the program of the Collibri foundation and is getting an education in agriculture.  

 A young boy cooling down in the streams between the rice fields. (Covè) 

A young boy cooling down in the streams between the rice fields. (Covè) 

 Going to school can be a long, lonely walk for a young girl in Benin. That’s if her parents even let her pursue an education. The students of the Collibri program are role models within their family and community for younger generations to pursue an education. This is Cécile's cousin waiting outside of the house. (Savalou)

Going to school can be a long, lonely walk for a young girl in Benin. That’s if her parents even let her pursue an education. The students of the Collibri program are role models within their family and community for younger generations to pursue an education. This is Cécile's cousin waiting outside of the house. (Savalou)

 "What I know is that I know nothing” (Covè)   A series for the   Collibri Foundation   in collaboration with   VECO

"What I know is that I know nothing” (Covè) 

A series for the Collibri Foundation in collaboration with VECO

growingfarmersnewtexts.jpg
 Sylvain rides to his farm in the morning. (Savalou)
 Anicet lives in a rural village near Glazoué where he used to help his parents grow rice and palms. He wishes to continue learning about the production and processing of rice.  (Savalou)
 Students learn how to raise different animals in the agriculture school of Songhai. Because of the drought, rice farming has become increasingly difficult. That's why other methods are being taught. (Savalou) 
 Sylvie used to work parboiling harvested rice with her family. Her mother is the first female president of the biggest union of female rice workers in Benin.  Now Sylvie is learning how to grow rice herself.  (Savalou) 
 Cécile's father died 8 years ago leaving her mom alone to raise 3 young childern. Through the   Collibri Foundation   Cécile got the funds to go to school. Now she has a small restaurant and shop where she sells her produce.  She made us some bouillie de tapioca for lunch. (Savalou) 
 Hospice is the youngest student of the program. He is only 17 years old and an incredibly ambitious young man. Before starting his education he had his own farm where he grew various vegetables and kept chickens.  (Savalou) 
 Girls waiting by the side of the house. (Covè) 
 Hervé dreams of owning a farm in Ouèssè, the town he grew up in. (Savalou)
 Young girl holding a water bucket.  There is currently a water crisis in Benin, and people of all ages sometimes have to travel long distances just to get drinking water. (Savalou)
 Packaging soy in the warehouse. (Savalou) 
 Sylvain, his mother and uncle show us their farmland in the dry season. (Savalou)
 After graduating Sylvain started his own farm together with his family. He inherited a piece of land from his father who passed away. He cleared the land and installed a watering system using the local streams close to the land. Now he grows manioc, tomatoes, palm and rice in the Collines region of Benin. (Savalou)
 Sylvain's field of tomato plants. (Savalou)
 Sylvain's mother hiding from the burning sun on their palm farm. (Savalou)
 During our farm visits we always got introduced to the entire family of the farmer. In Benin families live together in a community supporting each other and helping out wherever they can. Jocelyn's curious cousins gave us a tour of their homes.  (Covè) 
 Jocélyn has a beautiful farm outside of Covè. The Zou region is green and lush even in the dry season. Although this might change rapidly due to drought and global warming. (Covè)
 Jocélyn is a rice farmer and works in the Zou region. She is the oldest daughter of the family and works together with her dad on their farm. She explains the difficulties of rice farming with the drought and how African rice farmers have to compete with imported rice from Asia. (Covè) 
 Walking along the rice fields in the Zou region. (Covè) 
 While driving from farm to farm we pass numerous small towns.  Women cook in roadside restaurants with local produce gathering their costumers at a table to discuss politics, family affairs and so much more. We made a stop for fish soup on one of our trips. (Savalou) 
 Dénise tells us she had always dreamed of a education in agriculture. When she got her son it became harder for her to find the time and money for education.  (Savalou)   Last year Dénise entered the program of the   Collibri foundation   and is getting an education in agriculture.  
 A young boy cooling down in the streams between the rice fields. (Covè) 
 Going to school can be a long, lonely walk for a young girl in Benin. That’s if her parents even let her pursue an education. The students of the Collibri program are role models within their family and community for younger generations to pursue an education. This is Cécile's cousin waiting outside of the house. (Savalou)
 "What I know is that I know nothing” (Covè)   A series for the   Collibri Foundation   in collaboration with   VECO

Sylvain rides to his farm in the morning. (Savalou)

Anicet lives in a rural village near Glazoué where he used to help his parents grow rice and palms. He wishes to continue learning about the production and processing of rice.  (Savalou)

Students learn how to raise different animals in the agriculture school of Songhai. Because of the drought, rice farming has become increasingly difficult. That's why other methods are being taught. (Savalou) 

Sylvie used to work parboiling harvested rice with her family. Her mother is the first female president of the biggest union of female rice workers in Benin.  Now Sylvie is learning how to grow rice herself.  (Savalou) 

Cécile's father died 8 years ago leaving her mom alone to raise 3 young childern. Through the Collibri Foundation Cécile got the funds to go to school. Now she has a small restaurant and shop where she sells her produce.  She made us some bouillie de tapioca for lunch. (Savalou) 

Hospice is the youngest student of the program. He is only 17 years old and an incredibly ambitious young man. Before starting his education he had his own farm where he grew various vegetables and kept chickens.  (Savalou) 

Girls waiting by the side of the house. (Covè) 

Hervé dreams of owning a farm in Ouèssè, the town he grew up in. (Savalou)

Young girl holding a water bucket.  There is currently a water crisis in Benin, and people of all ages sometimes have to travel long distances just to get drinking water. (Savalou)

Packaging soy in the warehouse. (Savalou) 

Sylvain, his mother and uncle show us their farmland in the dry season. (Savalou)

After graduating Sylvain started his own farm together with his family. He inherited a piece of land from his father who passed away. He cleared the land and installed a watering system using the local streams close to the land. Now he grows manioc, tomatoes, palm and rice in the Collines region of Benin. (Savalou)

Sylvain's field of tomato plants. (Savalou)

Sylvain's mother hiding from the burning sun on their palm farm. (Savalou)

During our farm visits we always got introduced to the entire family of the farmer. In Benin families live together in a community supporting each other and helping out wherever they can. Jocelyn's curious cousins gave us a tour of their homes.  (Covè) 

Jocélyn has a beautiful farm outside of Covè. The Zou region is green and lush even in the dry season. Although this might change rapidly due to drought and global warming. (Covè)

Jocélyn is a rice farmer and works in the Zou region. She is the oldest daughter of the family and works together with her dad on their farm. She explains the difficulties of rice farming with the drought and how African rice farmers have to compete with imported rice from Asia. (Covè) 

Walking along the rice fields in the Zou region. (Covè) 

While driving from farm to farm we pass numerous small towns.  Women cook in roadside restaurants with local produce gathering their costumers at a table to discuss politics, family affairs and so much more. We made a stop for fish soup on one of our trips. (Savalou) 

Dénise tells us she had always dreamed of a education in agriculture. When she got her son it became harder for her to find the time and money for education.  (Savalou) 

Last year Dénise entered the program of the Collibri foundation and is getting an education in agriculture.  

A young boy cooling down in the streams between the rice fields. (Covè) 

Going to school can be a long, lonely walk for a young girl in Benin. That’s if her parents even let her pursue an education. The students of the Collibri program are role models within their family and community for younger generations to pursue an education. This is Cécile's cousin waiting outside of the house. (Savalou)

"What I know is that I know nothing” (Covè) 

A series for the Collibri Foundation in collaboration with VECO

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