Photos: A day in the market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

Cabbage was definitely in season at the market

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

The steady procession of people coming to the market made for some beautiful visions. Hope you like this one from the market of Gujranwala, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

Men unloading more cabbage from the large trucks and tractors arriving in the morning. in the foreground, some camels are feeding after carrying some loads to Gujranwala market in the Punjab, Pakistan

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

This woman was on the way to the market as we were getting near. The fog was really dense, and this feels otherworldly

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn't resist taking a close-up

A man looking serious at the market in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. I couldn’t resist taking a close-up

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

in the morning at Gujranwala vegetable market in Punjab, lots of cabbage is being unloaded to trade and sell

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

In Pakistan, colourful trucks are the norm on the roads. This one, carrying some potatoes to the market, was just one of many!

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Photo: when the sun hits the right spot

My colleagues and myslef were visiting the border between Pakistan and India near Lahore. Everyday, there is a traditional closing of the border ceremony (more pictures to follow on this). I was sitting in the stands, shouting PA-KI-STAN at the top of my voice, and whilst looking around, saw that the spire of the border gates was struck by the sun in the perfect light. hope you enjoy the effect

My colleagues and myslef were visiting the border between Pakistan and India near Lahore. Everyday, there is a traditional closing of the border ceremony (more pictures to follow on this). I was sitting in the stands, shouting PA-KI-STAN at the top of my voice, and whilst looking around, saw that the spire of the border gates was struck by the sun in the perfect light. hope you enjoy the effect

Photo: a kid in the markets of Bamyan, Afghanistan

Afghan girl in market of Bamyan

I was strolling along the market main avenue, and I spotted a kid, amidst the cool temperatures of the morning, wrapped in a massive blanket in order to keep warm. The contrast between the colourful blanket, the slightly apprehensive yet curious face, and the crate dump in the background give this picture a really nice feel!

Photo: my host family in Province Orientale, Northern DRC

My adoptive family in Northern DRC during a training

When I went to Province Orientale in Northern DRC, near the Sudanese border, I stayed in a very remote village that took about 12 hours to get to on a small motorbike. I was a bit apprehensive because I was not sure what I was going to find there once we arrived. My hut was clean and well looked after, and one of the families in the village looked after me. They gave me food and washed my clothes. There were adorable and I hope this picture does them justice. I think about them every now and again, and hope they are doing well. Hopefully I will see them soon! That area of DRC has a lot of problems with Cassava Mosaic virus and Banana bacterial wilt. however they have an amazing quantity of food due to the tropical conditions in the region. It rains 10 months of the year and avocado the size of watermelons grow everywhere, they feed peanuts (usually a cash crop) to the pigs and the chickens are very tasty (which I find unusual in East Africa)

Photo: A South Sudanese woman in a market in Northern DR Congo

South Sudanese woman in Northern Congo market

This woman, whose name I unfortunately cannot remember, lived in what is now South Sudan and left during the recent troubles in Juba. She crossed into DRC and now lives in Aru, near the Ugandan border. She is growing cassava and banana to sell at the moment and is an expert seamstress. She owns her own sowing machine and gets good income from it. She was very happy to talk to me about the problems in the area. The North East Congo-Uganda-South Sudan region used to be a lawless area where many bad things happened. It is however easier now, and she is looking forward to returning to her native Juba soon. For her and her family, I really hope this happens! good luck!

Post: My talk on Afghanistan

Hi all,

If you have 20 minutes, you can view my talk on how to build a successful partnership model in Afghanistan.

Since 2011, I have been working with various partners, including the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and the Aga Khan Foundation. We work in various provinces and the nature of the country’s social problems makes it hard to build a sustainable enterprise.

Nevertheless, we are well on the way, with 10 clinics being developed and running regularly in 2 provinces! We have plans for more this year, which means a greater number of farmers will have access to crop pest and disease information! Plantwise is in full swing!

The talks gives you a bit of background on Afghanistan, finding the right partners, training the staff, running clinics, and supporting the trained plant doctors with tools! As a bonus, you also get to see how cringe worthy I appear whilst talking to a (worldwide) audience!

This is the link to my video. Hope you like it! The password for watching the video is CABIJULIEN if watching directly from the vimeo website

If you are interested in learning more about CABI and Plantwise, have a look at the website:

http://www.plantwise.org

Photo: Kid in Congo trying to understand what I am doing in his village

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!

This picture was taken when I was working in a little village called Azumba, 18 hours by motorbike into Ituri province, North Eastern DRC. This was an extremely secluded location and whilst the accommodation for the training course and subsequent plant clinic development was extremely basic, the villagers were lovely people and took great care to make sure I had a great lasting impression. I still do, and look forward to seeing them in March this year!