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  3. 565 GIRLS AND WOMEN Meet the best female cacao farmer in Côte d’Ivoire July 12 2019 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER JOIN Join the fight against extreme poverty EmailJoin Share on Facebook Save on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email As a young girl, Christine Amea Manzan would follow her father into his cacao field. After losing her mother, it was up to her father to raise her. She grew up in a rural area of Abengourou, Côte d’Ivoire, always wanting to stay alongside her father and his crops. When she turned six, her father sent her away to school. Years later, as a teenager, she was again sent away – this time to learn sewing, a “proper skill” for a woman to have. The whole time, the memory of her father and the cacao plants never left her mind. “I stayed there for two years,” she says, “then I came back to my father.” She marched into her village, found her father in the fields, and insisted that she become a farmer alongside him. “I told him I was suffering. My mother was not there, and the day that he was no longer alive, no one else would take care of me.” Award-winning cacao farmer Christine Amea Manzan displays photos of her with the president, who honored her for her production. Land rights help equality flourish For Christine, like many women, access to land isn’t just about having a job. It’s about having a secure future. In sub-Saharan Africa, women make up almost half of all agricultural labor, but they only make up 15% of landowners. Secured land rights can boost a woman’s economic security and give her more control at home. On top of that, women with secure land rights earn more in their lifetimes. Women aren’t the only ones to benefit from earning more. Investing in gender equality, including equal access to land rights, improves everyone’s lives. When women are economically empowered, their entire communities are better able to combat poverty. This means that gender equality can increase economic growth, which helps break the cycle of poverty for future generations. It all boils down to this: when women have secure land rights, it helps everyone escape poverty. Christine Amea Manzan says it’s important to share with other women how she became successful and to encourage them that they can also earn a living from cacao farming. Growing her community Christine’s story shows the immense power of land rights. It’s been over three decades since she told her father that she wanted to be a farmer. On that day, he gave her a plot of land, and said she could become a farmer if she could successfully tend the small plot. Growing crops in that plot was the first of many successes. Now, at 64 years old, she’s recognized as the highest-producing female cacao farmer in the country. She’s currently working to increase cacao production for a local cooperative, which Cargill supports. She’s also on a mission to help women in her community follow the same path she did. The education she received from her father helped her carve her own path, and now she’s sharing those lessons with her community. “My first objective today is to tell other women that they can live off cacao, to tell other women that they can benefit, and encourage women to produce cacao.” Read more about ONE’s partnership with Cargill and the global fight for gender equality here.
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  6. We’ve made great strides in the fight against AIDS, but we’re in danger of seeing our progress reverse. Join our digital protest by sharing this post & let’s#endAIDS. http://bit.ly/32wKJfH
  7. 45 078 It was an excellent rainy day today here...... All my Love for rainy weather and wind...the smel and sound of the rain.....Oh....... !!!!
  8. 45 077 my dog is already short haired Padawanbeck84 so I don't think I could shave any off.
  9. 45, 075 - Can you trim your dog's fur at all @caz63 ? My sister shaved a whole load of her dog's fur off as the poor thing was over-heating so much. Now Mika looks like a sheep, but she's coping better with the weather
  10. The U2 songs site is reporting that we might get an announcement on whether a second show will take place later this week. Finger crossed!
  11. 45 074 Very warm Tuesday afternoon counting, it's been so hot at work today and I don't think it's going to cool much tonight, much as I love the hot weather it's so hard trying to sleep, and it's not good for my dog,
  12. "Take the staircase to the first floor...turn the key and slowly unlock the door....In a hotel room her lover turning on..turning off the television....a preacher Of the old time gospel hour stealing money from the sick and the old.......Breathing heavily into a saxophone.....outside it's America.....America...."
  13. 45072 - Grim counting. Flying ants are everywhere. Boris Johnson just got elected as prime minister by 0.1% of the population. Today is not a good day.
  14. 45, 071 - I'm not sure what the temperature is here. Our thermometer in the lounge only goes up to 26 C and it's definitely above that. We're forecast to hit the mid-30s today and Thursday
  15. 📢 Meet The GC Africa Fellows 📢 Powered by BeyGOOD, the Global Citizen Fellowship Program aims to unearth African youth with remarkable potential. Through the program, the Fellows are each engaging in a paid, year-long Fellowship aligned to one of Global Citizen’s four pillars of activity: creative, campaigns, rewards and marketing. Say "hi" in the comment section, and make them feel welcome 👋 https://glblctzn.me/2SBTrVh Beyoncé Tyler Perry
  16. Wow!! It looks like Ken is having a fabulous time while climbing Mt Elbrus in aid of CCI...to commemorate his 67th birthday! At almost 20,000ft, Mt Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe/Russia. Ken set off on his journey last Tuesday, in the hopes of raising €10,000 for the children who have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Please donate to Ken’s incredible challenge on the link below to help him reach his goal. https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/kenselbrusclimb
  17. ✅They're fighting AIDS. ✅They're fighting TB. ✅They're fighting malaria. We know we need the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Let's make sure our leaders know this too. Take action:bit.ly/2WOHFIz
  18. 45070 They were announcing temperatures up to 39 degrees later this week. It would be the first time it gets so warm here 😮
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