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Purple Cocoa Pods Help Women Farmers Crack Ban on Land Ownership

Marie Odie strokes a purple cocoa pod, sizing it up, before she walks on through the trees on her plantation in central western Ivory Coast. After four years of hard work, she’s about to pick her first harvest.

“When I look at my farm, it makes me so happy,” said Odie, 55, her hair covered in a violet cloth and a wrapper serving as a skirt around her hips. “Now I can hold my own. I can buy my clothes and help my nephews or my husband.”