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Picking Pineapples

£569.25 (including 15 % tax)

This image is of workers picking pineapples, Abidjan, Ivory Coast Latitude / Longtitude:(519N, 402W).

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Although Ivory Coast is the biggest exporter of fresh pineapples to the European Union, the sector is suffering a crisis. Latin American countries are competing fiercely, and the EU is demanding higher standards in the traceability and level of chemical residues. Moreover, producers claim the Pineapple and Banana Trading Office is contributing to the continuing fall in prices, to the point that in 2003 they were lower than production costs. Worse still, since September 19, 2002, the crisis has been exacerbated by the country’s civil war, not only because roads are closed but because farmland lies at the root of the conflict. Since 2001, Ivorians have angrily accused immigrants, chiefly from Mali and the Republic of Burkina Faso, who make up 30 percent of the population, of enriching themselves on their land. In the Bonoua district, immigrants have even been asked to stop growing pineapples, which are the area’s chief resource.

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