Photos: Rwandans in Parc National des Volcans

Kids on a wall in Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Kids on a wall in Ruhengeri, Rwanda

Small Kid looking up at me

Small Kid looking up at me

Kid with sugarcane on his head

Kid with sugarcane on his head

bird of prey on a tree

bird of prey on a tree

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Photo: father and son with maize in Pakistan

Pakistan maize crop clinic Punjab

These two were attending a plant clinic in Bahawalpur district in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The browning leaves on the maize reduces the yield, and they came to the clinic to get a diagnosis and advice on how to reduce their losses. Hopefully the clinic helped, and they are now getting healthier crops! Best of luck to them

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 farmer in a bazaar in Kabul province, Afghanistan

Afghani Farmer in a bazaar in Qarabagh

This man was interested in the type of work we were doing in the bazaar in Qarabagh. We were helping farmers identify diseases on their crops. He just pointed and smiled. No words were needed. I think he appreciated what we were doing… I hope so anyway!

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!

Photo: a kid playing in a mechanical playground

IN DRC, I regularly visit a factory where they process various agricultural products, such as cacao, vanilla pods and papaya oil. This kid, the son of one of the managers, was playing in the mechanics workshops, with some random motorbike parts. He just looked so happy! I am happy by how this picture came out.

In North Kivu, in Democratic Republic of Congo, I regularly visit a factory where they process various agricultural products, such as cacao, vanilla pods and papaya oil. Mathias, the son of one of the managers, was playing in the mechanics workshop, with some random motorbike parts. He just looked so happy! The picture came out better than expect. I printed it out for the family, and now sits in their living room. Hopefully I will see them again soon!