In the village of Darlu Tonkia, the rythm of the day is set by the path of the sun. The thick morning mist contrasts with the warm colors of the end of the day. The 500 or so villagers live there without electricity or running water. Here and there, small rudimentary dwellings made of wood and earth, sometimes consolidated by cement when the means allow it.
Mutual aid and good farming sense animate the members of the Slow Food network in a dozen community gardens in Sierra Leone. Each garden is self-managed by several families comprising an average of twenty people. Based on the agro-ecological principle, the gardens are very diverse in order to guarantee a fair, healthy and accessible food supply all year round.
The work is shared as well as the harvests. When there is a surplus, it is sold in the nearest markets. This allows the families to buy certain foodstuffs that they do not produce themself, such as salt or fish. With the arrival of hybrid and genetically modified seeds from abroad, peasant agriculture and the autonomy of the peasants is in danger. This is one of the "raison d'être" of the Slow Food network in Sierra Leone.
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