Recently, myself and a partner in Switzerland( Sebastian Schmid), decided to do some market research in the farming, processing and exporting of cocoa from Cameroon. This initiative came upon me while I was on my way back to Buea from the ICTAfrica2008 conference (here). I was sitting in the bus and wondering why I export software codes(programs) from AfroVisioN Group to Europe while my classmates, brothers and sisters in my village work in Cocoa farms and I could help them export their produce and help improve their living standards.
Question was : Churchill you are exporting software (outsourcing), why don't you also export agricultural produce just like you do with software ???
Well Sebi is a great Swiss social entrepreneur, a friend and a partner. When I told him my plans he was interested and we planned a trip to visit the farms in my village and see how we could be a part of their farming process.
Well the pictures below will give you a glimpse of our trip:
Below is Sebi in a cocoa farm and my uncle in the background
Below am feeling like a great farmer
Below: At my uncle's place in Matoh - Kumba. preparing to visit the farms
Below: on the way from Kumba to Matoh (45mins drive ) - African car (a full blog post is required)
Below: on our way from Kumba to Matoh, we had to step down for car to climb
Below: on our way back from Kumba to Buea, I had "nose bleeding" too much noise I hit in Kumba at bus station
Below: Catholic Church Kosalla Kumba - while we were walking to get a taxi from the Theological Seminary
Below: Matoh is a realy nice village with students coming back from school ;)
Below: road to the farms - 20mins walk from the village
Below: At the Theological seminary where we lived with Christoph and his wife Cornelia(in pic below)
Below: buea before our departure
Below: At Christoph's place - Christoph hosted us in Kumba after we got back from Matoh. Realy cool guy and he is Pastor and lecturer at Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kumba. He also gave me some paino lessons that night. He is a geek on the paino ;)
Below: Sebi sharing some drinks with my uncles at a village bar, while we were expecting a car to pick us back to Kumba from Matoh
Below: Sebi with my two uncles
Below: This is where I grew up and spent most of my early holidays
Below: this is my background and I miss this life
Below: on the road to the farms, Sebi was tired but he says I was tired not him
Below: trying to be happy with a cocoa pod
Below: This is the source of the chocolate you eat, so respect it
Below: Sebi what are you searching for ??